Ohio Baseball
and Integration

Monrovians v. Klan Lodge #6

Dr. Grady Orange

East-West All Star Game

The Bankheads of Empire

Hotel Workers
and Black Baseball

Throughout the history of black baseball, teams sometimes struggled to find places to stay when they were traveling. In the early days, teams were often organized to work at resort hotels as staff, and play baseball games to entertain the guests, even though the hotels were segregated.

The Argyle Hotel in Babylon (Brooklyn), NY and the Royal Ponciana Hotel in Florida were two such resorts. Hotels in Florida were especially popular for black teams in the north, who could get spring training in the warm weather and play against some of the Major League white teams who also traveled to Florida.

Rube Foster photo