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Tuesday, 6 August 2013
BLACK SOCIAL HISTORY : THE BALTIMORE BLACK SOX WERE A PROFESSIONAL NEGRO LEAGUE BASEBALL TEAM BASED IN BALTIMORE, MARYLAND :
BLACK SOCIAL HISTORY The Baltimore Black Sox were a professional Negro league baseball team based in Baltimore, Maryland.
The Black Sox started as an independent team in 1916 by George Rossiter and Charles Spedden. They were one of the original six teams to make up the Eastern Colored League in 1923.
During their only season in the East-West League (1932), the Black Sox were in third place with a 41-41 record when the league ceased operations.
In 1932, Joe Cambria became co-owner and general manager and moved the team into Cum Posey's new East-West League. During that same year, the team moved its home games to Bugle Field, which was owned by Cambria. He renovated and expanded the field and added lighting equipment for night games. The team was in first place in the East-West League in late June when the league disbanded and the teams stopped paying player salaries, instead splitting a percentage of the gate receipts with the players. In 1933, the team joined Gus Greenlee's new Negro National League. The next season, Cambria applied applied to reenter the Negro National League, but when several star players announced they would leave the team, his application was rejected and he disbanded the team. In mid-season 1934, another team entered the league using the Black Sox name, but it didn't meet with much success and disbanded after only one year.
On 6 September 2007, the Baltimore Orioles wore Black Sox uniforms in commemoration of the 75th anniversary of the Black Sox' 1932 season.