With the recent announcement of Major League Baseball officially recognizing the Negro League records, it is has brought increased visibility on one of the most successful Negro League Baseball teams of all time, which played many of their games right in the Washington D.C. area: The Homestead Grays.
From their outstanding players to the impact they had on Washington D.C. in this Special Report, we take a look at all things about the Homestead Grays.
- History of The Homestead Grays
- The Homestead Grays in Washington D.C.
- Famous Homestead Grays’ Players
- Josh Gibson aka the “Black Babe Ruth” (December 21, 1911 – January 20, 1947)
- William Julius “Judy” Johnson (October 26, 1899 – June 15, 1989)
- Walter Fenner “Buck” Leonard (September 8, 1907 – November 27, 1997)
- Cumberland Posey Jr. (June 20, 1890 – March 28, 1946)
- James Thomas “Cool Papa” Bell (May 17, 1903 – March 7, 1991)
The Homestead Grays were a professional baseball team that played in the Negro leagues in the United States. The team was formed in 1912 by player/manager Cumberland Posey and was active for 38 seasons. Homestead Grays are considered one of the most successful of the professional Negro League baseball teams.
The Grays won ten Negro National League Titles (1937-1945, 1948) and three Negro League World Series Titles (1943-1944, 1948), where they played the Negro American League’s champion.