Ed, Bolden

Owned the Hilldale Club of Darby, PA., one of the best Negro League teams of the 1920s. To draw large crowds, white clubs often booked Hilldale as an opponent. In 1923, Hilldale played 93 of its 149 games against white teams. The Great Depression hit the city of Philadelphia hard, and had a devastating impact on black baseball. In 1933, Ed Bolden teamed up with white booking agent Eddie Gottlieb to form the Philadelphia Stars, a new black professional team made up of a mix of local amateurs and professionals, some of whom had played for Bolden’s Hilldale club. The Stars joined the Negro National League