Chet Brewer with the Kansas City Monarchs

Brewing Up a Good Career

By the time he made affiliated baseball in 1952, Chet Brewer was already 45 years old. The former Negro Leaguer was chosen to be player-manager for the Riverside-Ensenada Comets who over the course of the season would become the Riverside-Porterville Comets and then just the Porterville Comets. Brewer was brought into the Southwestern International League […]

Smokey Joe Williams while with the Homestead Grays

Legendary Smoke

That Smokey Joe Williams played in an era where he could easily be forgotten does not excuse actually forgetting him. The fact that Williams’ name almost never appears on any list of the greatest pitchers ever is a travesty. Yet, it’s all too easy to explain away the erasure of Williams from baseball lore. He […]

Josh Gibson in uniform for the Pittsburgh Crawfords, circa the early 1930s

A Season for the Ages

The Negro major leagues never played league schedules as long as what the recognized white major leagues played during the time before integration. This isn’t a bad thing, it just displays how the Negro major leagues operated differently than the white major leagues did. Usually, teams from the Negro major leagues would play longer schedules […]