Friday, February 22, 2013

Negro League baseball history fact for today – February 22, 2013

The Pittsburgh Crawfords were the only Negro League baseball team that played  in its own stadium.  Owner Gus Greenlee built Greenfield Field for his team in 1932.  New York Cubans’ owner Alex Pompez leased a vacant ball field in Harlem and made $60,000 in improvements.    Dyckman Oval Park was the Cubans’ home field from 1935 until Pompez closed down the team in 1950.  The other Negro League teams had to play their league games in Major League stadiums which they had to lease from promoters and Major League team owners.  The Negro Leagues teams were allowed on the field, but could not use the locker room facilities at some of the stadiums.

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