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Pittsburgh Crawfords of 1935

The team most identified as the greatest black baseball team of all-time is the 1935 Pittsburgh Crawfords.

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Pittsburgh Crawfords of 1932

Under the ownership of Gus Greenlee, the Pittsburgh Crawfords were called the “Yankees of Black Baseball” and were ranked with the best teams for five years.

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Philadelphia Stars of 1934

After the demise of the Hilldale ballclub, Ed Bolden soon assembled a new team, the Philadelphia Stars.

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New York Cubans of 1947

The New York Cubans won the Negro National League pennant and defeated the Cleveland Buckeyes in the Negro World Series.

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New York Lincoln Giants of 1930

With a devastating lineup that featured Chino Smith, John Beckwith, Clint Thomas, Rev Cannady, Fats Jenkins and playing manager John Henry Lloyd, the Lincolns fielded their best team since 1913.

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New York Lincoln Giants of 1913

Organized in 1911 by Jess McMahon, an Irish sports promoter, the Lincolns were the dominant team in the East for three consecutive years.

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Newark Eagles of 1946

After nine straight Negro National League pennants, the Homestead Grays’ skein was broken by a young talented Newark Eagles ballclub.

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Newark Eagles of 1937

A year after owner Abe Manley consolidated two ailing franchises to form the Newark Eagles, they challenged the Homestead Grays for the National League title but finished second in the standings.

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Memphis Red Sox of 1938

The Memphis Red Sox never won a pennant during their entire history in the Negro Leagues.

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Kansas City Monarchs of 1946

The Monarchs captured the first post-war Negro American League pennant with a strong pitching staff that included Satchel Paige, Hilton Smith, Ford Smith and Connie Johnson.

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