Homestead Grays of 1948
In the last season of the NNL’s existence, the Homestead Grays won the final championship, marking their tenth pennant in twelve seasons. They finished strong to take the second half of the split season and then swept the first half winners, the Baltimore Elite Giants, in a play-off series for the title. Finally, they climaxed their season by defeating the ANL champion Birmingham Black Barons in the last Negro World Series to reign as the best team in the Negro Leagues. The Grays were led by veteran slugger Buck Leonard, a perennial all-star firstbaseman and future member of the Hall of Fame. Other players of note were hard-hitting outfielder Luke Easter and pitcher-thirdbaseman Wilmer Fields.