Cincinnati Cuban Stars

From Ohio History Central

During the late 1800s and the early 1900s, American professional baseball teams and leagues were segregated. Whites prohibited African Americans and Latin Americans from playing on teams with white players, and usually prohibited white teams and black teams from playing in the same professional leagues. Teams comprised of African American or Latin American players played in the United States Negro League.

The Cuban Stars was a Cuban professional baseball team who played in the Midwestern United States, and was at one point based out of Cincinnati, Ohio. The Cuban Stars were originally a traveling team, only playing games on the road. The Cuban Stars played primarily in the Midwest and in 1916 became known as the Cuban Stars (West), as another Cuban team on the east coast became increasingly popular, which became the Cuban Stars (East). The Cuban Stars (West) played in the Negro National League in the United States starting in 1920. The Cuban Stars used the Cincinnati Reds' home field, Redland Field, as their home field when the Reds were away, but used Redland Field as its home field for the entire 1921 season, earning the team name the Cincinnati Cubans.


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