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Birmingham Black Barons of 1948

For the third time during the decade, the Black Barons won the Negro American League pennant only to lose the World Series to the Homestead Grays.

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Birmingham Black Barons of 1943

Under veteran manager Winfield “Gus” Welch, the Black Barons won consecutive Negro American League pennants in 1943-44, but lost the ensuing World Series to the Homestead Grays each time.

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Baltimore Elite Giants of 1942

During the nine-year skein of pennants by the Homestead Grays, Tom Wilson’s Elite Giants often pushed them to the wire.

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Baltimore Black Sox of 1929

When the Eastern Colored League folded, a replacement league was organized for the 1929 season.

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Buck Leonard

The left-handed half of the homestead Gray’s power tandem, Buck Leonard paired with Josh Gibson to lead Cum Posey’s Grays to nine consecutive Negro National League championships during their halcyon years, 1937-45.

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Monte Irvin

Monte Irvin

Monte Irvin was one of the few fortunate players whose age and ability allowed them to bridge the divide between the two once-separate worlds of baseball.

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Cool Papa Bell

The fastest man ever to play baseball, Cool Papa Bell rode the crest of his publicity from his incredible speed and colorful nickname into the Hall of Fame.

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Judy Johnson

Sure handed with good range and a strong arm, Judy Johnson was an all-around great third baseman.

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Oscar Charleston

As a hitter, the popular barrel-chested slugger par-excellence, was often compared to Babe Ruth.

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John Henry Lloyd

Essential to any team’s success during the deadball era was the presence of John Henry Lloyd, the greatest black baseball player during the first two decades of the century.

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