Chicago American Giants of 1933
In the inaugural East-West All-Star game played in 1933, seven players in the starting lineup for the West squad came from the Chicago American Giants. Noted homerun sluggers Turkey Stearnes and Mules Suttles batted first and sixth, respectively, in the talent laden ballclub. Other All-Stars were shortstop Willie Wells, thirdbaseman Alex Radcliffe, leftfielder “Steel Arm” Davis and catcher Larry Brown. With no rules limiting him, Willie Foster pitched the entire game to pick up the victory. Under new owner Robert A. Cole, the team won the Negro Southern League pennant in 1932 and, when the second Negro National League was organized in 1933, they won the new league’s first pennant as well. The next season, Cole’s American Giants also annexed the first half title in the league but lost a controversial seven game play-off for the Championship in an effort to three-peat.