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 […]

Pete Hill poses for a team picture with the Detroit Stars.

The Unknown Pete Hill

In 1952 the Pittsburgh Courier ran a poll of the best outfielders in the history of the Negro Leagues. The top three were Oscar Charleston, Monte Irvin, and Cristóbal Torriente. Coming in at fourth on the list was Pete Hill. Ask non-historians to tell you a little about Pete Hill these days and I’m guessing […]

Fans protest outside of an Atlanta baseball game.

Racist News and Notes

Following Game 2 of the 2019 National League Division Series between the St. Louis Cardinals and Atlanta, Cardinals pitcher Ryan Helsley had some thoughts about SunTrust Park’s playoff atmosphere. Specifically, he took issue with the Tomahawk Chop chant and associated imagery. Atlanta eventually responded in toothless fashion by not putting out foam tomahawks for fans […]