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Only the Ball Was WhiteA History of Legendary Black Players and All-Black Professional Teams$
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Robert Peterson

Print publication date: 1992

Print ISBN-13: 9780195076370

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195076370.001.0001

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Early Black Professional Teams

Early Black Professional Teams

(p.34) 3 Early Black Professional Teams
Only the Ball Was White

Robert Peterson

Oxford University Press

This chapter discusses the earliest black professional teams, the most famous of which being the Cuban Giants, whose name was even plagiarized by another team named Cuban X Giants. Some say that the Cuban Giants were the first salaried Negro team when it was formed in 1885 but a perusal of earlier publications show that even as early as 1882, other Negro baseball clubs were being treated as professionals including the Black Stockings of St. Louis, the Mutuals of Philadelphia, and the Atlantics of Baltimore. The chapter discusses the early beginnings of the Cuban Giants and how they got such a name. The chapter also touches on the events that happened until the end of the 1890s and the hope for equal treatment of blacks.

Keywords:   Cuban Giants, Cuban X Giants, Negro baseball, Black Stockings, Mutuals of Philadelphia, Atlantics of Baltimore, equal treatment

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