Dayton Marcos

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Dayton Marcos
(c. 1910s-c. 1930s)
Dayton, Ohio
League affiliation(s)

Independent (c. 1910s–19,21–25,27–c. 30s)

The Dayton Marcos were a Negro league baseball team based from Dayton, Ohio that played during the early twentieth century.


The Dayton Marcos history predates the formal organized leagues of Negro league baseball. As an independent team, and also in the Ohio-Indiana League,[citation needed] they played black and white teams all over the country throughout the 1910s.

Old newspaper accounts and fading memories are the only sources of information on the Marcos.[1] They played in the then newly formed Negro National League, which was formed by Rube Foster. The Marcos were one of the original eight teams to play in the first organized major Negro league to survive a full season.

Negro National League Years[edit]

During this time, the Marcos did play against some strong competition, including that of Satchel Paige. In 1920, the team was headed by 36 year old Candy Jim Taylor.[2]

Barnstorming years[edit]

Dayton left the league after one year and a last place finish, and played independently until the mid-1920s. They then rejoined briefly for part of 1926, when they finished in second-to-last and left the league once again.


The Marcos survived until World War II.[citation needed]


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