The 1931 Homestead Grays: The Greatest Baseball Team of All Time

By Charlie Fouché

This article was published in the 2018 The National Pastime.

Most historians of an earlier generation would nominate the 1927 New York Yankees as the greatest team of all time. Later generations might favor the 1975 Cincinnati Reds. Among Negro League historians, one of the favorites is the 1931 Homestead Grays, who featured Josh Gibson, Oscar Charleston, Smokey Joe Williams, and other stars. 1931 Homestead Grays. Standing (L–R): Cum Posey, owner; Bill Evans, SS-OF; Jasper Washington, 1B-3B; Ambrose Reid, OF-INF; Smokey Joe Williams, P; Josh Gibson, C; George Scales, 2B; . . .

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