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Thursday, 8 August 2013

BLACK SOCIAL HISTORY : THE ATLANTA BLACK CRACKERS WERE A PROFESSIONAL NEGRO LEAGUE BASE BALL TEAM: THEY WERE PRIMARILY A MINOR NEGRO LEAGUE TEAM :

                                 BLACK           SOCIAL            HISTORY                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           The Atlanta Black Crackers  originally known as the Atlanta Cubs were a professional Negro league baseball team which played during the early-to-mid-20th century. They were primarily a minor Negro league team; however in the brief period they played as a major Negro league team, they won the second half of the 1938 split-season but lost the play-off for the Pennant.

Beginnings

The Atlanta Black Crackers were founded as the Atlanta Cubs following the start of the 20th century with a semiprofessional team of black college students. They began to play independently in 1919 and changed their name to the Black Crackers because fans had already begun to call them by that name.[1]

Negro Southern League

The Black Crackers joined the minor league Negro Southern League in March 1920. Their uniforms, bats, baseballs, and other supplies were donated by their white Southern Association counterpart, the Atlanta Crackers.
The team played their home games at Ponce de Leon Park, along with the white Atlanta Crackers. However, the Black Crackers were not allowed to play at Ponce de Leon Park when the Crackers had a home game. The Black Crackers were then forced to play at either Morehouse College or Morris Brown College.

Negro American League

In 1938, the Black Crackers were purchased and invited to play in a newly formed major Negro league, the Negro American League. The team went on to win the second half pennant in 1938, but scheduling problems and umpire controversies caused their series with the Memphis Red Sox to be canceled. The team was moved to Indianapolis following the 1938 season, and played as the Indianapolis ABCs.

Decline and demise

The team returned to Atlanta in 1940 and rejoined the Negro Southern league. Following Jackie Robinson's breaking of Major League Baseball's color barrier in 1947, the Negro League as well as the Black Crackers continued to exist for only a short time there after, finally disbanding around 1952.

Notable players

  • Roy Welmaker
  • James "Red" Moore



































































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On June 28, 1997, the Atlanta Braves wore 1938 Black Crackers home uniforms and the visiting Philadelphia Phillies wore 1938 Philadelphia Stars road uniforms. The teams wore these same uniforms again for their matchup on May 14, 2011. On April 27, 2013, the Braves sported Black Crackers throwbacks in a game against the Detroit Tigers.