Posted 6 years ago
Here is something that it seems some beer and sports memorabilia collectors out there will enjoy. So I am sharing. It is also something that I am not able to find in my research online or other means.
Here is what happened in 1938 from the negroleaguebaseball.com site:
During the 1920s the Black Crackers played their home games at Ponce de Leon Park, the home park of their Southern League counterparts, the Atlanta Crackers. Most of the team's seasons after 1920 were spent in the Negro Southern League, but the 1938 season found the Black Crackers representing the "Phoenix of the South" in the Negro American League.
After winning the NAL's second half in 1938 the Black Crackers were set to take on the first hafl winners, Memphis Red Sox, for the league championship. Scheduling problems and controversies caused the series to be cancelled before it was completed with each team declaring themselves champions.
It is about 18 inches across and in great shape. There is an original signature on it. It seems to be from Dizzy Trout who did not play on either team for the Negro League Championship. In 1938 he was playing with the Toledo Mud Hens which are the Detroit Tigers minor league team. He may have been where the championship game was during a road trip. Dizzy Trout was then called up to the Tigers in 1939 for his rookie year in Major League Baseball.
Another cool thing is that Altes was a beer company at the time and it seems they sponsored the games. Which is very interesting.
Thanks for looking as always my friends and have a blessed day as well as an awesome and safe 4th of July! : )