Pittsburgh Keystones (baseball)

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Pittsburgh Keystones
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
League affiliation(s)
Negro National League

The Pittsburgh Keystones were a professional Negro league baseball team that operated in 1921 and 1922. The club was founded by Alexander McDonald Williams, a Barbadian immigrant and pool hall operator.[1] The Keystones' home field was Central Park, located in the Hill District at the corner of Chauncey Street and Humber Way.[2] The park was built by the prominent African American architect Louis A. S. Bellinger, who would later design Greenlee Field for the Pittsburgh Crawfords.[3][4]

In their first season the Pittsburgh Keystones played as associate members of the Negro National League. Managed by Fred Downer, they compiled a 7-14-1 record against league and other associate clubs.[5] The Keystones joined the league as full members in 1922, finishing sixth with a 14-23-2 record in league play under managers Dizzy Dismukes and Dicta Johnson.[6] The team disbanded after the season.


  1. ^ Ashwill, Gary (2009-09-09). "Central Park, Pittsburgh 1920-1925". Retrieved 2012-04-07. 
  2. ^ Ashwill, Gary (2006-05-07). "Pittsburgh's Central Park". Retrieved 2012-04-07. 
  3. ^ Tannler, Albert M. (2006-05-07). "Pittsburgh's African-American Architect Louis Bellinger and the New Granada Theater". Retrieved 2012-04-10. 
  4. ^ Strecker, Geri, "The Rise of Greenlee Field: Biography of a Ballpark," Black Ball: A Negro Leagues Journal 2:2 (Fall 2009): 39-40.
  5. ^ "Seamheads.com Negro Leagues Database". 2011. Retrieved 2012-04-07. 
  6. ^ "Seamheads.com Negro Leagues Database". 2011. Retrieved 2012-04-07.