Brooklyn Royal Giants
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|Brooklyn Royal Giants
Brooklyn, New York
Independent (1905–06, 09–22, 28–42)
The Brooklyn Royal Giants were a professional Negro league baseball team based in Brooklyn, New York. Formed in 1905 by John Conner, owner of the Brooklyn Royal Cafe, the team initially played against white semi-pro teams. They were one of the prominent independent teams prior to World War I before organized league play began.
In 1907, the Brooklyn Royal Giants joined the National Association of Colored Baseball Clubs of the United States and Cuba. The league lasted three seasons and included the teams Philadelphia Giants, Cuban X-Giants, Cuban Stars of Havana, and the Cuban Giants of New York.
During the 1920s, under the ownership of Nat Strong, a white New York City booking agent, the team fell into somewhat of a decline, and did very poorly while in Eastern Colored League. The Giants played their home games while part of the Eastern Colored League at Dexter Park in Queens.
Final years and demise
The Giants returned to independent play in 1928 and rebuilt the roster, but the quality of the rebuilt team never matched that of the early years. By the mid-1930s, the quality was no better than that of a minor league team, and in the early 1940s the team had fallen to a semi-professional status. The team disbanded in 1942.
- Smokey Joe Williams
- "Cannonball" Dick Redding
- Frank Wickware
- Charles "Chino" Smith
- John Henry "Pop" Lloyd
- Holway, John (2001). The Complete Book of Baseball's Negro Leagues: The Other Half of Baseball History. Fern Park, Florida: Hastings House Publishers. p. 48. ISBN 0-8038-2007-0.
- "Colored Baseball Men Organize Association" The Anaconda Standard, Anaconda, MT, Sunday Morning, November 11, 1906, Page 2, Column 7
- Riley, James A. (1994). "Brooklyn Royal Giants". The Biographical Encyclopedia of the Negro Baseball Leagues. Carroll & Graf. pp. 111–12. ISBN 0-7867-0959-6.
- (Riley.) Brooklyn Royal Giants, Team profiles at Negro Leagues Baseball Museum. – identical to Riley (confirmed 2010-04-16)