Cleveland Buckeyes

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Cleveland Buckeyes
19421950
Cleveland, Ohio

Team Logo
Leagues
Name
  • Cincinnati Buckeyes (1942)
  • Cleveland Buckeyes (1943-1948)
  • Louisville Buckeyes (1949)
  • Cleveland Buckeyes (1950)
Ballpark
Titles
League titles 19451947
Negro World Series titles 1945

The Cleveland Buckeyes were a Negro league baseball team that played from 1942 to 1950 in the Negro American League. The Buckeyes played in two Negro World Series, defeating the Washington Homestead Grays in 1945, and losing to the New York Cubans in 1947. They were based in Cincinnati for their first season and Louisville for their second-to-last season.

Founding[edit]

The Buckeyes were established in 1942 as the Buckeyes Baseball Club,[1] established initially in Cincinnati, Ohio[2] (Ohio being the Buckeye State), scheduling seven league games in Cincinnati and nine in Cleveland, plus an undetermined number in Meadeville, Pennsylvania.[3][4] The following season, owner Wilbur Hayes moved the team to Cleveland, Ohio, where they played their games at League Park.[5]

Glory years[edit]

While in Cleveland, the team achieved great success, including winning a pair of Negro American League championships (1945, 1947) and a Negro League World Series title in 1945.[2]

Decline and demise[edit]

In 1949 the team moved again, to Louisville, Kentucky, but it was to no avail and the Louisville Buckeyes returned to Cleveland for the first two months of the 1950 season before disbanding.[2][6]

Home fields[edit]

The Buckeyes played their inaugural season's home games at Crosley Field in Cincinnati.[7] After one season, they moved upstate to Cleveland and played at League Park until their demise,[8] except for 1949 when they played at Parkway Field in Louisville, Kentucky.[9]

MLB throwback jerseys[edit]

On May 20, 2006, in Cleveland, the Pittsburgh Pirates and Cleveland Indians honored the Negro league teams by wearing the uniforms of the Homestead Grays and the Cleveland Buckeyes, respectively, during an inter-league game, as well as displaying the names on the scoreboard. The Pirates won the game 9-6.[10]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "BUCKEYES GET FRANCHISE IN THE NEGRO AMERICAN LEAGUE". The Cleveland Call & Post. January 3, 1942. 
  2. ^ a b c "Encyclopedia of Cleveland History". Encyclopedia of Cleveland History. Case Western Reserve University. Retrieved 2009-10-03. 
  3. ^ "1942 Cincinnati/Cleveland Buckeyes". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved 2014-01-21. 
  4. ^ "Negro American League First Half Schedule (May 10: Cincy-Cleve @ Memphis, 2 games)". The Cleveland Call & Post. March 14, 1942. 
  5. ^ O'Karma, Dave (May 2006). "The Forgotten Championship". Cleveland Magazine. Retrieved 2009-10-03. 
  6. ^ "Cleveland Buckeyes". Negro League Baseball Players Association. 
  7. ^ Lowry, Philip J. (2006). Green Cathedrals: The Ultimate Celebration of Major League and Negro League Ballparks. New York: Walker Publishing Company, Inc. p. 65. ISBN 0-8027-1562-1. 
  8. ^ Lowry, Philip J. (2006). Green Cathedrals: The Ultimate Celebration of Major League and Negro League Ballparks. New York: Walker Publishing Company, Inc. p. 71. ISBN 0-8027-1562-1. 
  9. ^ Lowry, Philip J. (2006). Green Cathedrals: The Ultimate Celebration of Major League and Negro League Ballparks. New York: Walker Publishing Company, Inc. p. 123. ISBN 0-8027-1562-1. 
  10. ^ Scott Priestle (May 21, 2006). "Throw Johnson back? Pitcher lousy in loss.". The Columbus Dispatch. Retrieved May 29, 2009.