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SiTG Baseball Stories Vol. 6: Eastern Colored League: Part II

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The Community Cup Classic Foundation, Josh Gibson Foundation, Lifeline Sports and The PARTNERSHIP proudly present another year of events.

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Rube Foster founded the first successful Black baseball league, the Negro National League, in the Midwest in 1920. Three years later the leading Black clubs of the East followed suit and organized the Eastern Colored League. For seven seasons the ECL and its short-lived successor, the American Negro League, brought organized league ball to cities like New York, Atlantic City, Philadelphia, and Baltimore.

This two-part presentation on the history of the ECL highlights legendary teams like the Hilldale Club and Bacharach Giants, and Hall of Fame players like Oscar Charleston, Biz Mackey, and Jud Wilson, as well as some of the league’s lesser-known stars. We will also look at the first four Negro World Series, and the impact the ECL had on the communities it served and the overall development of Black baseball.

We are thankful to the Cuyahoga County Arts and Culture Council for funds to support our efforts. As a result all programs are free.

Donations to support the community and youth efforts of the Community Cup Classic Foundation and Josh Gibson Foundation are welcome .

The virtual login information will be provided to you after you register for the program.

For more information on the partners, you can visit our websites:

Community Cup Classic Foundation

Josh Gibson Foundation

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