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uanap gets the party started on the right foot with the Kansas City Monarchs and the Birmingham Black Barons and asks the tough question: how many teams were there?
Actually, there were several "Negro Leagues," including the Negro National League and the Eastern Colored League of the '20s, and the Negro National League and Negro American League of the '30s and 40's, along with many independent teams. There's no real agreement on exactly which teams count as Negro League teams (at least not to the best of my knowledge), but I'm looking for about 20 here. Any more suggetstions? Two for two so far (now that's a line I'd love to see on my underachieving fantasy team )...
Well, you're the trivia champ, and here are some blind guesses:
Atlanta (pretty much south...)
Chicago (always has a team in every league)
New York (see above, no league is called "National" without a team from the Big Apple)
Were those guesses really blind, cwebb? All three are correct: you picked up the Atlanta Black Crackers, the Chicago American Giants, the New York Black Yankees and the New York Cubans (yeah, the Big Apple always has a team, and usually more than one). I'll also give you the Brooklyn Royal Giants for New York. Five teams with just three guesses - not bad
cwebb will also be pleased to hear that the American Giants were a great team...
I will probably be the first guy here to guess wrong on these, but I think Washington, DC might have had a team at some point. Also didn't Rochester, NY have one? I'm guessing Columbus, OH Columbia, SC and Raleigh, NC as well - mainly for the heck of it
You're right about DC: the Homestead Grays, based primarily in/near Pittsburgh, played in Washington during World War II. Another team that played in DC was the Elite Giants, who also played in Columbus, as well as Nashville and Baltimore.
The other two cities you list aren't traditionally considered to have had Negro League teams, although definítions do vary.