Negro Leagues Baseball in Chicago

Negro Leagues Baseball in Chicago

White Sox history includes a deep connection to Negro Leagues baseball, from the Negro National Leagues’ flagship team, the Chicago American Giants, competing at South Side Park during their championship seasons, to Old Comiskey Park serving as a home to the annual East-West All-Star Game. The White Sox honor the legacy of Black baseball pioneers by providing resources that preserve this important era of baseball and these inspiring stories.

The White Sox Connection

In addition to featuring the location of Negro American League Founder Andrew “Rube” Foster’s home, the below map shows several iconic Negro Leagues sites on Chicago’s South Side. It also highlights the former offices of the Chicago Defender, one of the most influential African American newspapers in the country and the biggest promoter of the East-West All-Star game. The Defender invited readers and fans to clip, fill out and mail in ballots supporting players they’d like to compete in the annual event.

Prominent Negro Leagues Sites

In 1992, the White Sox became one of the first Major League teams to hold a Negro Leagues reunion and recognition.

Joining in the festivities were Hall of Fame legend and former New York Cuban third baseman Minnie Miñoso and Buck O’Neill, the first Black coach to reach the majors with the Cubs in 1962.

The team of recognized talent included Gene Baker, Ernie Banks, Gene Benson, Joe Black, Col. Jimmie Crutchfield, Claro Duany, Frank Duncan III, Perry Hall, Albert “Buster” Haywood, Sam “Jet” Jethroe, Sam Jethroe III, Connie Johnson, Lester Lockett, Clint “Butch McCord, Clyde “Junior” McNeal, John “Mule” Miles and Ted “Double Duty” Radcliffe.

Celebrating Negro Leagues History

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Additional Resources

The Negro Leagues Baseball Museum (NLBM) is the world’s only museum dedicated to preserving and celebrating the rich history of African American baseball and its impact on the social advancement of America. Established in 1990 in the heart of Kansas City, Missouri’s Historic 18th & Vine Jazz District, the NLBM operates two blocks from the Paseo YMCA where Andrew “Rube” Foster established the Negro National League in 1920.

Negro Leagues Baseball Museum
National Baseball Hall of Fame
History Channel
Jackie Robinson Foundation
Chicago Mahogany Tours