Cincinnati Cuban Stars

From Ohio History Central

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, there were separate leagues and teams for whites and blacks in professional baseball's early decades.

The Cincinnati Cuban Stars was a professional African-American baseball team in Cincinnati, Ohio. The team played in the Negro National League. The Cuban Stars originally played in Havana, Cuba. The team came to Cincinnati, Ohio in 1921. The team played all of its games on the road in 1921 since it did not have a place to play in Cincinnati. In 1922, the team moved to New York, New York, where it became known as the New York Cuban Stars. In 1923, the team split into the Cuban Stars East and the Cuban Stars West. Both of these teams were disbanded by the end of the 1930 season.


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