St. Paul Colored Gophers

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St. Paul Colored Gophers
19071914
Saint Paul, Minnesota
Leagues
  • Independent
Name
  • Twin City Gophers (1911)
Ballpark

Lexington Park

1907 St. Paul Colored Gophers

The St. Paul Colored Gophers was a small club of black baseball players formed in St. Paul, Minnesota in 1907.[1] They were not a formal Negro league team, as the commonly-referred-to "Negro leagues" were not created until 1920. However, like other barnstorming teams of the time, they put considerable pressure on the desegregation of baseball. Historians rarely mention the Colored Gophers in Negro baseball history, and statistics are hard to find.

History[edit]

The club lasted several seasons, also playing under the name Twin City Gophers and Minneapolis Gophers.

In 1909, the Colored Gophers defeated what was considered to be the most powerful Negro baseball team, the Leland Giants. They were managed that year by Reid and Williams, they managed to land Taylor brothers Candy Jim Taylor and Steel Arm Johnny Taylor. Candy Jim went on to manage the team in 1910.[2]

Rosters[edit]

1907[edit]

1908[edit]

1909[edit]

1910[edit]

1910 St. Paul Gophers

1911[edit]

Played as the Twin City Gophers.

1914[edit]

Played as the "'Minneapolis Gophers'".[3]

  • William Binga
  • K. Jones
  • Clarke
  • Nelson
  • J. Davis
  • Ivester
  • C. Jones
  • Kenneson
  • L. Davis

1916[edit]

Played as the "'Minneapolis Gophers'".[4]

MLB throwback jerseys[edit]

The Minnesota Twins have honored the club by wearing replica throwback jerseys of the team.

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