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Painting In Progress -- Thomas Jordan Gallery -- Negro Leagues Baseball Tribute
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Tom is very happy to announce he has started work on a great new, and much deserved, tribute painting to Negro Leagues Baseball, Negro Leagues Baseball Tribute. African-Americans began to play baseball in the late 1800s on military teams, college teams, and company teams. They eventually found their way to professional teams with white players. However, racism and "Jim Crow" laws would force them from these teams by 1900. Thus, black players formed their own units, "barnstorming" around the country to play anyone who would challenge them. In 1920, an organized league structure was formed under the guidance of Andrew "Rube" Foster-a former player, manager, and owner for the Chicago American Giants. In a meeting held at the Paseo YMCA in Kansas City, Mo., Foster and a few other Midwestern team owners joined to form the Negro National League. Soon, rival leagues formed in Eastern and Southern states, bringing the thrills and innovative play of black baseball to major urban centers and rural country sides in the U.S., Canada, and Latin America. The Leagues maintained a high level of professional skill and became centerpieces for economic development in many black communities.
The information above was taken from the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum Website. To find out more about the amazing history of Negro Leagues baseball, or to donate to the museum, visit: Negro Leagues Baseball Museum.


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Row 1 (Top Row) -- Baltimore Black Sox, Detroit Stars, Baltimore Elite Giants, Cuban Giants, Memphis Red Sox
Row 2 -- Kansas City Monarchs, Cleveland Buckeyes, Cristobal Torriente, William "Willie" Foster, George "Mule" Suttles, William "Judy" Johnson, Monte Irvin! Leroy "Satchel" Paige, Walter "Buck" Leonard, Wilber "Bullet" Rogan, Leon Day, Raleigh "Biz" Mackey, Ray Dandridge, "Smokey" Joe Williams, Hilldale Giants, Louisville Black Caps
Row 3 -- Kansas City Monarchs, Baltimore Black Sox, Martin Dihigo, Willie "The Devil" Wells, John Henry "Pop" Lloyd, James "Cool Papa" Bell, Oscar Charleston, Josh Gibson, Andrew "Rube" Foster, Norman "Turkey" Stearnes, Louisville Black Caps, Birmingham Black Barons
Row 4 (Front Row) -- Atlanta Black Crackers, Cleveland Buckeyes, Baltimore Elite Giants, Homestead Grays, Hillsdale Giants, Brooklyn Royal Giants, Detroit Stars