Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Negro League baseball history fact for today – February 13, 2013

Some historians say the first African-American professional baseball team was the Cuban Giants, organized in 1885.  The original team consisted of black waiters from the Argyle Hotel, a popular summer resort on Long Island in New York.  The baseball games were entertainment for the hotel guests.  It was rumored the team was so good because the waiters were really players from black amateur teams out of Philadelphia.  The name “Cuban Giants” was used to decrease the potentially negative reaction from it being an all-black team.   

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