Newspapers & Media


Newspaper article announcing the formation of the first Negro League

Cleveland Advocate

Volume: 06
Issue Number: 51
Page Number: 07
Date: 02/21/1920

Typical ads found in the Negro newspapers announcing upcoming games. These come from the Washington Afro American newspaper, 1947


Teenie played baseball briefly for the Crawford Athletic Club (a youth club financed by Gus Greenlee) in 1926 and 1927 but is best known for his work as a photographer of Negro League baseball and life in the black community. Harris worked for the Pittsburgh Courier from 1936 to 1975, including the era when it was the nation's biggest black newspaper.  Read more by clicking image.


Sam Lacy began his career as a sports writer with the Washington Tribune, but his experiences and understanding of baseball and its inequity began much earlier. Lacy's career in print journalism began in the 1920s, working as a sportswriter at the Washington Tribune under the tutelage of editor Lewis Lautier. He was both managing editor and sports editor of the paper from 1934-39, before moving to Chicago to become assistant national editor for the Chicago Defender from 1940-43. He then returned to his roots in Baltimore to become a columnist and sports editor for the weekly Baltimore Afro-American, where he remained for well over half a century. He authored the widely popular column "A to Z" for many years. In 1998, he was inducted into the "writers' wing" of the Baseball Hall of Fame.  Read more by clicking on image.