Saturday, February 13, 2021

Happy Baseball Birthday...The Negro Leagues

Today's Happy Baseball Birthday! is a celebration of the founding of the Negro Leagues, on this date in 1921.

On February 13, 1920, in Kansas City, Missouri, led by Rube Foster, the Negro National League was formed, and, for nearly 30 years, would produce some of the greatest players in baseball history.

Here in Michigan, we had the Detroit Stars, an original member of the Negro Leagues, with great players like Turkey Stearnes, Pepper Daniels, Andy Cooper, and Yellow Horse Morris.

⭐⭐ The Stars played in famed Hamtramck Stadium, one of only five Negro Leagues ballparks still in existence.

⚾ My favorite All-Time Negro Leagues players are: 

Turkey Stearnes, Detroit Stars

Buck O'Neill, KC Monarchs

Buck Leonard, Homestead Grays

Satchel Paige, KC Monarchs

Josh Gibson, Pittsburgh Crawfords

There's so much history in the old Negro Leagues, and #1 on my Baseball Bucket- List is to travel to KC and visit the Negro Leagues Museum. 

🤔 What's your favorite Negro Leagues team?

👉 Give me your five favorite Negro Leagues players.

Here's hoping y'all are having a terrific weekend.

Baseball season is almost upon us, with pitchers and catchers reporting this week.

Play BALL! ⚾


  1. I just know some of the bigger names. I don't know about personalities or life stories much. Looks like Cool Papa Bell is the biggest one you didn't mention.

  2. I wouldn't call them my favorite team... but I do want to buy a Monarchs flannel jersey some day.

  3. So many great teams. Pittsburgh Crawford’s one of the great teams of the 1930’s. I was able to talk with Buck O’ Neil many years ago at a show. I asked him about satchel Paige. He said he was twice as good as anything that you heard. Cool blog