King, a shortstop, first played with Detroit’s Motor City Kings beginning in 1942 and become the team’s player/manager by 1945. After playing for the Detroit Wolves from 1946 – 1949, he retired from baseball to get a more secure job to take care of his family.
The local black team I remember growing up in my hometown during the early 1960s was the Kansas City Giants. On Sunday’s the word would get around that the Giants would be playing at either Heathwood Park or Waterway. One of my neighbors pitched for the Giants at that time. The team’s origin went back to the first decade of the 20th Century; however it was never a part of an official national Negro League.What’s the name(s) of the local African American team(s) that were in your hometown?