Thirteen years before Rube Foster organized his Negro National League in Kansas City a group of baseball pioneers met in Indianapolis with a vision to form a viable professional Negro baseball circuit. In November, 1907 a group of ten delegates met in Indianapolis for the purpose of forming the National Colored Baseball League.
Cities represented at the meeting were Toledo, Detroit, Cleveland, Pittsburgh, Cincinnati, Louisville, Memphis, Kansas City, St. Paul and Nashville. The intention of the meeting was to form a league consisting of eight regular member teams and two affiliated teams. Each club was to be formed as an independent stock company. The league never materialized.