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  • Shayna Sullivan-Langhorne

Who Were the Homestead Grays?

Updated: Feb 8, 2018

Photo credit: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Homestead_Grays

The Bay Area Grays is named after a dominating force in the historic Negro Leagues...the Homestead Grays. Here are some facts about this amazing team and how they continue to serve as inspiration for players today:

Originated in Homestead, Pa in 1910 as a collection of Black steel-mill workers who played on the weekends.

Dominated the Negro Leagues in late 1930's through the late 1940's; won the Negro League World Series in 1943,1944 and 1948.

Grays player, Josh Gibson was one of the best power hitters in baseball history; he smashed a ball 580 feet as Yankee Stadium in 1967; he has been considered a "better power hitter than Babe Ruth."

Cool Papa Bell won three titles with the Grays and was legendary for his speed!

-The 1931 Grays were among the most dominant teams ever! They featured Hall of Famers Oscar Charleston, Jud "Boojum" Wilson, Smoky Joe Williams, Willie Foster and others.

-Various reports pin the Grays outstanding record anywhere from 138-6 to 193-23!

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Photo Credit: http://www.post-gazette.com/sports/pirates-all-star-history/2006/07/11/JOSH-GIBSON-S-GRAVESITE/stories/200607110222