Here’s a new thread that I really want to cover, a Negro Baseball Leagues Legends series for important and all-time great stars who never got the chance to play in the Major Leagues.
So since my blog is dedicated to the 1970’s, I figured 1972, the 25th
anniversary of Jackie Robinson breaking the color-barrier, would be as
good a year as any to create my dedicated sub-set.
I have a good two dozen or so legends of the Negro leagues lined up, but
today I wanted to kick this all off with an immensely important figure
in black baseball, early player, manager, executive and author, Sol
I first became aware of White when I was hunting down a copy of his
incredible early book, “History of Colored Baseball”, from 1907.
From there I learned he wasn’t just a writer about early African-American baseball, but played as well.
According to various records and accounts, White’s playing career
spanned about 20 years between 1887-1926, which included his managerial
career as well, which started in 1902 when he founded, along with
others, the Philadelphia Giants.
Between 1904 and 1907 he led the team to four straight Black Baseball Championships.
It was also in that time that he published his historical publication in
1907, a 128-page pamphlet that was given out at games during their
Beginning with the formation of the first black baseball team in 1885
and took readers up to 1907, with what was supposed to be a second
edition to be published later on covering the game into the 1920’s.
Sadly this never materialized, leaving us with what could have been an incredible piece of documented history.
Nevertheless, if you want to read more of Sol White, you can easily read
his Wikipedia entry, and also see the bibliography included to cover
Totally worth the read!
If you like the idea of this thread then keep an eye out for future
entries covering legends like Rube Foster, Cristobal Torriente, Josh
Gibson and many more!