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Chicago Brown Bombers vs Pittsburgh Crawfords United States League (1945)

This program is from a game played between the Chicago Brown Bombers and the Pittsburgh Crawfords of the United States League (USL). The game was played at Nicollet Ball Park in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Stadium officials at Nicollet Park used programs from the Minneapolis Millers, printed up lineup cards for both USL teams and pasted these in the scorecard section of the program.

 

The United States League was started by Branch Rickey of the Brooklyn Dodgers (Major League Baseball) in 1945. Gus Greenlee, who was the former owner of the Pittsburgh Crawfords, assisted Rickey in the venture. Public opinion was that Rickey started the league to scout Negro League talent. The league folded after the first season. Teams that played in the United States League were:

 

Boston Blues     

(Tom Parker – manager)

Brooklyn Brown Dodgers      

(Branch Rickey – owner)

Chicago Brown Bombers

 

Cleveland Clippers               

(Jim Bender – manager)

Detroit Motor City Giants    

(William “Dizzy” Dismukes – manager)

Hilldale Giants

 

Pittsburgh Crawfords       

(Gus Greenlee – owner)

Toledo Rays                        

(William “Pee Wee” Spencer – manager)

 

The staring lineup and batting order for the Chicago Brown Bombers were:

 

Morehead      

catcher

Turner          

third base

Walker        

second base

Noble         

right field

Rhodes       

first base

Ray             

left field

Wyatt            

short stop

Smith            

center field

Mitchell       

pitcher

  

The Pittsburgh Crawfords were managed by former Negro League great Roy “Red” Parnell. The starting lineup and batting order for this game for the Crawfords were:

 

Petroff             

first base

Daniels              

third base

Jimmy Johnson  

shortstop

Boot Smith        

second base

Fred Morefield   

left field

Gabriel Patterson

right field

Jorge Almagro    

center field

Eudie Napier     

catcher

Cecil Kaiser     

pitcher

 

 

Starting Line-up

Chicago Brown Bombers vs. Pittsburg Crawfords

Starting Line-up Card

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