During the late 1800s and the early 1900s, professional baseball teams and leagues were segregated. Whites prohibited African Americans from playing on teams with white players and usually prevented white teams and black teams from playing in the same professional leagues. As a result of this segregation, separate leagues and teams for whites and blacks existed in professional baseball’s early decades.
The Cleveland Elites was a professional African-American baseball team that played its home games in Cleveland, Ohio. The team played in the Negro National League. Established in 1926, the Cleveland Elites played only the 1926 season before becoming known as the Cleveland Hornets. The Hornets disbanded following the 1927 season.