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Montgomery Grey Sox

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Montgomery Grey Sox
LocationMontgomery, Alabama

The Montgomery Grey Sox were a Negro Southern League (NSL) baseball team based in Montgomery, Alabama. While the NSL was regarded as a minor league throughout most of its existence, with the collapse of the first Negro National League in 1931, the league is considered a major league for 1932.

When the team started with the Negro Southern League in 1920, they were headed by John Staples, named the president of the club.[1] Staples even stepped in to umpire a game during the 1920 season.[1] The team was managed that year by Henry Hannon, who also played first base[2] and other positions during the first season.

In 1920 the Grey Sox made it into the league pennant race with a 3-0 perfect game win over Atlanta.[3]

In 1920, the Grey Sox played in Southside Park.[4]

In 1921, The Grey Sox were a member of the Negro Southeastern League.[5]

Several players who had previously played the club stayed with the team when the NSL became a major league in 1932, including Paul Hardy, Matthew Jackson, Felix Manning and Everett Nelson.[6]


  1. ^ a b "Pensacola Gets the Last From the Greys" The Montgomery Advertiser, Montgomery, Alabama, Thursday, July 15, 1920, Page 8 Columns 1 and 2
  2. ^ "Colored Southern League Will Open" Montgomery Advertiser, Montgomery, Alabama, Friday, April 30, 1920, Page 10, Column 5 to 7
  3. ^ "Montgomery Grey Sox". Archived from the original on 2009-05-04. Retrieved 2009-09-24.
  4. ^ "Negro Southern League is Formed" The Montgomery Advertiser, Montgomery, Alabama, Sunday, April 18, 1920, Page 5, Column 5
  5. ^ "Negro Southeastern League (1921)" (PDF). Center for Negro League Baseball Research.
  6. ^ "Grey Sox Open Season With Atlanta Team Here Today". Montgomery Advertiser. 1932-04-23. p. 8. Retrieved 2021-05-23 – via Newspapers.com.


  • The Complete Book of Baseball's Negro Leagues by John Holway
  • The Biographical Encyclopedia of the Negro Baseball Leagues by James Riley

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