Statistical records of Negro League players were not as meticulously maintained as in the major leagues. How does this skew our perceptions of baseball's greatest records? Read Don Santini's observations here.
Joe Biddle of the Nashville Tennessean reports on a Black History Month event in the Music City featuring former Negro League players. "Major League umpire Chuck Meriwether will join former Negro League stars Sidney Bunch, Clinton ''Butch'' McCord and Jim Zapp
to discuss the history of blacks in professional baseball during a
panel discussion Feb. 12 at 2:30 p.m. at the downtown Main Library." You can read Biddle's full column here.
City: Atlanta, Georgia Park: Ponce De Leon Park League Affiliations: Independent, Negro Southern League, Negro American League
During the 1920s the Black Crackers played their home games at Ponce de Leon Park, the home park of their Southern League counterparts, the Atlanta Crackers. Most of the team's seasons after 1920 were spent in the Negro Southern League, but the 1938 season found the Black Crackers representing the "Phoenix of the South" in the Negro American League.
After winning the NAL's second half in 1938 the Black Crackers were set to take on the first hafl winners, Memphis Red Sox, for the league championship. Scheduling problems and controversies caused the series to be cancelled before it was completed with each team declaring themselves champions.