West Coast Negro Baseball Association Records

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Creator: Harris, Eddie.

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Language: eng

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Biography or History: The West Coast Negro Baseball Association was formed on March 9, 1946 at a meeting of the High Marine Social Club at the Elks Clubhouse in Oakland, California. The baseball league was spearheaded by two Berkeley firemen, Eddie Harris and David P. Portlock, who pitched the idea of forming a Negro baseball league on the West Coast that would use Pacific Coast League parks while teams were away. Abe Saperstein, founder of the Harlem Globetrotters, was elected president of the association with track star Jessie Owens serving as vice-president, and David Portlock as secretary. The league consisted of six teams: San Francisco Sea Lions, Seattle Steelheads, Portland Rosebuds, Oakland Larks, San Diego Tigers, and Los Angeles White Sox. The league's first official game was between the Oakland Larks and the San Diego Tigers on May 12, 1946 at Fresno Midget Auto Racing Park. The league played only one season, disbanding after the final game in July, 1946, though the Oakland Larks baseball team would continue to play as a barnstorming club through 1947.

Custodial History: Collection was donated by Leona M. Brown to the Northern California Center for Afro-American History and Life.

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Identifier: MS 017

Title Proper of the Finding Aid: West Coast Negro Baseball Association Records

Creation Date: 2016-02-24T12:00:00.000-08:00

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West Coast Negro Baseball Association Records

Object Type: Record

In Collection: West Coast Negro Baseball Association Collection