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BA SCR 259
Scrapbook contains newspaper articles relating to the history and game of baseball, game accounts, and boxscores. Most relate to William T. "Big Bill" Smith, who played for and managed various Independent Negro League teams. Photographs in the scrapbook include the 1914 Mohawk Giants, 1908 Cuban Giants, 1912 Royal Poincianas playing in Palm Beach, Florida, New York Black Sox, and Cuban Ex-Giants. There is also a photograph of an African American umpire and one of the Cuban Ex-Giants with the name James Robinson, pitcher, written on the back.
William T. "Big Bill" Smith was a catcher and manager in the Independent Negro Leagues from about 1889 to 1920, starting with Frank Leland and the Chicago Unions. He founded the first Negro National League. He played for a number of teams including the Chicago Unions (1889-1897), Cuban X-Giants (1903-1904, 1906), Brooklyn Royal Giants (1905, 1911-1912), and the Cuban Giants (1907-1909, 1912). He addended Fisk University in Tennessee.
Smith, Big Bill, 1869-1939
Mohawk Colored Giants (Baseball team)
Chicago Black Sox (Baseball team)
New York Black Sox (Baseball team)
Brooklyn Royal Giants (Baseball team)
Cuban Giants (Baseball team)
African American baseball players
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