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Homestead Grays

Homestead Grays
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Artist
Charles "Teenie" Harris, 1908 - 1998
Sitter
Jerry Benjamin, 1909 - 1974
Roy Partlow, 1912 - 1987
Josh Gibson, 21 Dec 1911 - 20 Jan 1947
John Richard Wright, Jr., 1916 - 1990
Chester Williams, 1908 - 1952
Ray Brown, 1908 - 1968
John Leftwich
J. C. Hamilton
Robert Gaston, 19 Mar 1910 - 11 Feb 2000
Walter Leonard, 1907 - 1997
David Whatley, 1914 - 1992
Jud Wilson, 1899 - 1963
Matthew Carlisle, 1910 - 1972
Charles Gary, 1920 - 2011
Sam Bankhead, 1905 - 1976
Roy Welmaker, 1913 - 1998
Howard Easterling, 1911 - 1993
Vic Harris, 1905 - 1978
Date
1942 (printed 1993)
Type
Photograph
Medium
Gelatin silver print
Dimensions
Image: 38.7 x 48.8cm (15 1/4 x 19 3/16")
Sheet: 40.4 x 50.3cm (15 7/8 x 19 13/16")
Mat: 55.9 x 71.1cm (22 x 28")
Credit Line
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution
Restrictions & Rights
Usage conditions apply
Copyright
© Estate of Charles "Teenie" Harris
Object number
NPG.93.391
Exhibition Label
Formed in the steel town of Homestead, Pennsylvania, in 1912 by former player Cumberland Posey, the Homestead Grays would become one of baseball's greatest clubs and gate attractions, operating for thirty-eight seasons.
At this time, major league baseball banned African American players; only in other leagues could they compete professionally. By 1935 the Grays were playing in the Negro National League. In 1937 hitting catcher Josh Gibson returned to the Grays from the Pittsburgh Crawfords and teamed with slugger Buck Leonard to lead them to an unprecedented nine Negro League championships.
The major league's ban on black players ended in 1947, when Jackie Robinson opened the season as starting first baseman for the Brooklyn Dodgers. The Negro National League collapsed soon thereafter. The Grays struggled as an independent club for two years, but disbanded at the close of the 1950 season.
Data Source
National Portrait Gallery