Cuban Giants were the first professional black baseball team
in 1885. That particular league did not last long, but
more successful leagues developed in the early 1920's.
This 2013 Negro Baseball Leagues calendar pays tribute to
those extraordinary players. From Satchel Paige to
Josh Gibson, the men who played for these teams were as good
or better than white ballplayers in the major leagues.
Many of them are seen in this Negro League Baseball 2013
calendar above. After the integration of Major League
Baseball in the mid-1940's, the negro leagues began to fold.
The effectively ended after 1950 when the Negro American
League became more of a barnstorming unit, rather than an
actual professional group.