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Dubisson Tigers

The Dubisson Tigers, September 11th, 1936. Courtesy of the Mosaic Templars Cultural Center.
The Dubisson Tigers, September 11th, 1936. Courtesy of the Mosaic Templars Cultural Center.


The Dubisson Tigers, occasionally referred to as the Little Rock Black Tigers, were an all-black semi-pro baseball team based in Little Rock, AR from about 1933-1942. Home games were played at Crump Park.

History

The Dubisson Tigers were sponsored by wealthy Little Rock mortician Daniel Dubisson. The team first appeared in 1933 and played home games at Crump Park in Little Rock's segregated South End community.

The Tigers were likely broken up by World War II, but returned in 1947 under a new name, the C and C Hotel Stars.

Schedule/Results

The following is a partial record of games played by the Tigers:

DateLocationOpponentW-LRRANotes
6/25/1933Crump Park, Little Rock, ARMerchants Transfers 1
6/25/1933Crump Park, Little Rock, ARMerchants Transfers 2
7/9/1933Crump Park, Little Rock, ARNorth Little Rock (AR) A's 3
7/12/1933Crump Park, Little Rock, ARNorth Little Rock (AR) A's 4
7/23/1933Claybrook, ARClaybrook Tigers (Claybrook, AR)W655
8/?/1933Little Rock, ARForrest City Red CapsW546
8/?/1933Little Rock, ARForrest City Red CapsW107
8/20/1933Crump Park, Little Rock, ARLittle Rock Stars 8
8/20/1933Crump Park, Little Rock, ARLittle Rock Stars 9
8/27/1933Crump Park, Little Rock, ARLittle Rock StarsW5310
8/27/1933Crump Park, Little Rock, ARLittle Rock StarsW4211
9/17/1933Claybrook Field, Claybrook, ARClaybrook Tigers (Claybrook, AR)L4812
9/23/1933Travelers Field, Little Rock, AR 13
10/1/1933Crump Park, Little Rock, ARMerchants TransfersW9014 , 15
6/17/1934Pine Bluff, ARMissouri Pacific Boosters (Pine Bluff, AR)W7416
6/21/1934Crump Park, Little Rock, ARMerchants Transfers 17
6/24/1934Claybrook, ARClaybrook Tigers (Claybrook, AR) 18
7/4/1934Omaha, NECudahy Rex (Omaha, NE)W6519 , 20
7/4/1934Omaha, NECudahy Rex (Omaha, NE)W4321 , 22
8/5/1934Pine Bluff, ARMissouri Pacific Boosters (Pine Bluff, AR)W3123
8/11/1934 College Station (Little Rock, AR)W11424
8/12/1934Jones Park, Little Rock, ARMerchants Transfers 25
9/9/1934Jones Park, Little Rock, ARMerchants Transfers 26
9/22/1934Crump Park, Little Rock, ARMerchants Transfers 27
9/23/1934Pine Bluff, ARMissouri Pacific Boosters (Pine Bluff, AR) 28
4/28/1935Jones Park, Little Rock, ARTuxedo Nine (Little Rock, AR) 29
8/4/1935Camden, ARSouthern Kraftsmen (Camden, AR) 30
8/11/1935Crump Park, Little Rock, ARGoldman Hotel Browns (Fort Smith, AR)W1031
9/29/1935Crump Park, Little Rock, ARLittle Rock (AR) CardinalsL3832
4/12/1936Crump Park, Little Rock, AREudora StarsW 33 , 34
4/26/1936Crump Park, Little Rock, ARRussellville (AR) Stars 35
6/14/1936Crump Park, Little Rock, ARMissouri Pacific Boosters (Pine Bluff, AR) 36
6/?/1936 Atchison (KS) 37 , 38
6/21/1936Texarkana, AR 39
6/28/1936Crump Park, Little Rock, ARGoldman Hotel Grays (Fort Smith, AR)W 40 , 41
6/28/1936Crump Park, Little Rock, ARGoldman Hotel Grays (Fort Smith, AR)L 42 , 43
8/2/1936Tallulah, LATallulah (LA) Owls 44
8/9/1936Crump Park, Little Rock, ARGoldman Hotel Grays (Fort Smith, AR) 45
8/9/1936Crump Park, Little Rock, ARGoldman Hotel Grays (Fort Smith, AR) 46
8/16/1936Dixie Park, Shreveport, LAShreveport TigersL5647
8/16/1936Dixie Park, Shreveport, LAShreveport (LA) TigersL3648
8/23/1936Fairgrounds Park, Tallulah, LATallulah (LA) Owls L0149
8/30/1936Dixie Park, Shreveport, LAShreveport (LA) TigersW4350
8/30/1936Dixie Park, Shreveport, LAShreveport (LA) TigersW4051
9/5/1936Lake Providence, LATallulah (LA) OwlsL3652
9/6/1936Tallulah, LATallulah (LA) OwlsL1753
9/13/1936Dixie Park, Shreveport, LAShreveport (LA) TigersW6254
9/13/1936Dixie Park, Shreveport, LAShreveport (LA) TigersL0255
9/20/1936Dixie Park, Shreveport, LAShreveport (LA) TigersL3456
9/20/1936Dixie Park, Shreveport, LAShreveport (LA) TigersW7457
4/4/1937Dixie Park, Shreveport, LAShreveport (LA) TigersL0358
4/18/1937Crump Park, Little Rock, ARSt. Louis StarsW3259 , 60
4/25/1937Crump Park, Little Rock, ARSt. Louis StarsW171661 , 62
5/2/1937 Tallulah (LA) OwlsL0263
5/16/1937Lake Village, ARTallulah (LA) Owls 64 , 65
6/14/1937Lincoln Park, New Orleans, LANew Orleans Black PelicansL1566
6/18/1937Camden, ARCamden (AR) Green Sox 67
6/20/1937Crump Park, Little Rock, ARBlack Kraftsmen (Camden, AR) 68
6/20/1937Crump Park, Little Rock, ARBlack Kraftsmen (Camden, AR) 69
7/11/1937Tallulah, LATallulah (LA) OwlsL2870 , 71
4/10/1938Shreveport, LAShreveport (LA) TigersW5472 , 73
4/24/1938Tullulah, LATullulah (LA) OwlsL0574
5/15/1938Morrilton, ARMorrilton SluggersW4175
5/31/1938 Tallulah (LA) OwlsL4676
6/?/1938Morrilton, ARMorrilton SluggersL0477
7/4/1938Greenville, MSGreenville (MS) Black BucksL71978 , 79
7/17/1938Crump Park, Little Rock, ARMorrilton Sluggers 80
3/24/1940Crump Park, Little Rock, ARLittle Rock Cubs 81
6/30/1940Brown Paper Mill Park, West Monroe, LAMonroe (LA) All-StarsL2682
6/30/1940Brown Paper Mill Park, West Monroe, LAMonroe (LA) All-StarsL0483
7/26/1941Crump Park, Little Rock, ARLittle Rock Cubs 84
7/26/1941Crump Park, Little Rock, ARLittle Rock Cubs 85
8/7/1941Booster ParkLittle Rock CubsW18786
8/22/1941Morrilton, ARBrown Bombers (Camden, AR) 87
4/19/1942Little Rock, ARCrump All-StarsW5188


Players


1933
Managed by John Hibbler.89

PlayerBirthDeathNotes
Jake Freeman9/9/1914 in Arkansas9/22/199390
Griffin 91
Hawkins 92
Hollins 93
Mex Johnson9/16/1911 in Little Rock, AR 9/24/2005 in Denver, CO94
Jones 95
Ira McCarroll6/16/1911 in McCrory, AR198296
Robert Pickett10/24/1912 in Wrightsville, AR 97
Young 98


1934

PlayerBirthDeathNotes
Greenwood 99
Jake Freeman9/9/1914 in Arkansas9/22/1993100
Griffin 101
J. Hawkins 102
Sam Hawkins3/14/1907 in Little Rock, AR1/23/1992 in Little Rock, AR103
Johnson 104
Ira McCarroll6/16/1911 in McCrory, AR1982105
Mitchell 106
Robert Pickett10/24/1912 in Wrightsville, AR 107
Purdie 108
Rouse 109
Spearman 110


1935

PlayerBirthDeathNotes
Ira McCarroll6/16/1911 in McCrory, AR1982111



1936

PlayerBirthDeathNotes
Childs 112
William Cunningham2/4/1911 in Wrightsville, AR1/14/2004 in Wrightsville, AR113
Greenwood 114
Griffin 115
Jake Freeman9/9/1914 in Arkansas9/22/1993116
Hawkins 117
J. Hawkins 118
Johnson 119
Ira McCarroll6/16/1911 in McCrory, AR1982120
Robert Pickett10/24/1912 in Wrightsville, AR 121
Jacob Robinson3/27/1920 in Little Rock, AR4/5/2013 in Grand Rapids, MI 122
Steel 123


1937

PlayerBirthDeathNotes
Cole 124 , 125
Griffin 126
Hawkins 127
J. Hawkins 128
Hill 129
Jake Freeman9/9/1914 in Arkansas9/22/1993130
Jones 131
Mex Johnson9/16/1911 in Little Rock, AR9/24/2005 in Denver, CO132
King 133
Ira McCarroll6/16/1911 in McCrory, AR1982134
J. Robinson 135 , 136
Rouse 137


1938

PlayerBirthDeathNotes
Child 138
Cole 139
Griffin 140
Hawkins 141
King 142
Ira McCarroll6/16/1911 in McCrory, AR1982143
J. McClinton 144
Robert Pickett10/24/1912 in Wrightsville, AR 145
Richardson 146
Robinson 147
J. Robinson 148
Rouse 149


1939
Player Birth DeathNotes
Childs 150
C. Cole 151
Slim Cunningham 152
Griffin 153
Sam Hawkins3/14/1907 in Little Rock, AR1/23/1992 in Little Rock, AR154
Mex Johnson9/16/1911 in Little Rock, AR 9/24/2005 in Denver, CO155
Sug Jones9/9/1907 in Dubach, LA7/27/1982 in Jonesboro, AR156
Valley "Butch" "Dirty Red" King7/10/1915 in Little Rock, AR6/5/2003 in New Orleans, LA157
Ira McCarroll6/16/1911 in McCrory, AR1982158
F. B. Robinson 159
Jacob Robinson3/27/1920 in Little Rock, AR4/5/2013 in Grand Rapids, MI 160
William Robinson 161


1940

Player Birth DeathNotes
Ira McCarroll6/16/1911 in McCrory, AR1982162
McCurrin 163


1941

Player Birth DeathNotes
Valley "Butch" "Dirty Red" King7/10/1915 in Little Rock, AR6/5/2003 in New Orleans, LA164
Bill Sparks8/2/1910 in Little Rock, AR1/1/1989 in Little Rock, AR 165
Fred Swinton6/19/1922 in Little Rock, AR10/10/1976 in Little Rock, AR166


1942
Managed by Charles Rouse167 and Clarence Cole.168

Player Birth DeathNotes
Childs 169
Clarence Cole8/30/1912 in Little Rock, AR8/9/1954 in Little Rock, AR 170
Jones 171
Valley "Butch" "Dirty Red" King7/10/1915 in Little Rock, AR6/5/2003 in New Orleans, LA172
Lewis 173
Little 174
Ira McCarroll6/16/1911 in McCrory, AR1982 175
McClinton 176
McCurrin 177
Robinson 178
Charlie Rouse7/3/1908 in Little Rock, AR10/2/1971 in Little Rock, AR 179
Shaw 180
Shaw 181
Bill Sparks8/2/1910 in Little Rock, AR1/1/1989 in Little Rock, AR 182
J. Thomas 183
P. Thomas 184


Others

PlayerBirthDeathNotes
Charles Spearman Jr.1/14/1914 in Arkadelphia, AR9/8/2000 in Pine Bluff, AR185
Fred Spearman1/18/1917 in AR11/10/2010 in Jamaica, Queens, NY186 , 187

1 Arkansas Gazette, 6/25/1933
2 Arkansas Gazette, 6/25/1933
3 Arkansas Gazette, 7/9/1933
4 Arkansas Gazette, 7/12/1933
5 Chicago Defender, 7/29/1933, p.8
6 Chicago Defender, 8/12/1933, p.9
7 Chicago Defender, 8/12/1933, p.9
8 Arkansas Gazette, 8/19/1933, p.8
9 Arkansas Gazette, 8/19/1933, p.8
10 Arkansas Gazette, 8/28/1933, p.6
11 Arkansas Gazette, 8/28/1933, p.6
13 Arkansas Gazette, 9/21/1933, p.10
14 Arkansas Gazette, 10/1/1933, p.21
15 Arkansas Gazette, 10/2/1933, p.6
16 Arkansas Gazette, 6/18/1934
17 Arkansas Gazette, 6/18/1934
18 Arkansas Gazette, 6/21/1934
19 Chicago Defender, 7/14/1934, p.17
20 Omaha World-Herald, 7/5/1934, p.22
21 Chicago Defender, 7/14/1934, p.17
22 Omaha World-Herald, 7/5/1934, p.22
23 Chicago Defender, 8/18/1934, p.16
24 Arkansas Gazette, 8/12/1934
25 Arkansas Gazette, 8/12/1934
26 Arkansas Gazette, 9/9/1934
27 Arkansas Gazette, 9/22/1934
28 Arkansas Gazette, 9/22/1934
29 Arkansas Gazette, 4/28/1935
31 Arkansas Gazette, 8/12/1935, p.6
32 Arkansas Gazette, 9/30/1935, p.6
33 Arkansas Gazette, 4/12/1936
34 Arkansas Gazette, 4/26/1936
35 Arkansas Gazette, 4/26/1936
36 Arkansas Gazette, 6/14/1936
37 Arkansas Gazette, 6/28/1936, p.17
38 Arkansas Gazette, 6/14/1936
39 Arkansas Gazette, 6/14/1936
40 Arkansas Gazette, 8/9/1936, p.18
41 Arkansas Gazette, 6/28/1936, p.17
42 Arkansas Gazette, 8/9/1936, p.18
43 Arkansas Gazette, 6/28/1936, p.17
45 Arkansas Gazette, 8/9/1936, p.18
46 Arkansas Gazette, 8/9/1936, p.18
59 Chicago Defender, 4/24/1937, p.13
60 Arkansas Gazette, 4/19/1937, p.10
61 Chicago Defender, 5/8/1937, p.15
62 Arkansas Gazette, 4/25/1937
64 Arkansas Gazette, 5/16/1937, p.17
66 Times-Picayune (New Orleans), 6/14/1937, p.13
68 Arkansas Gazette, 6/20/1937, p.16
69 Arkansas Gazette, 6/20/1937, p.16
70 Chicago Defender, 7/24/1937, p.21
72 Chicago Defender, 4/23/1938, p.8
75 Chicago Defender, 5/21/1938, p.10
77 Chicago Defender, 7/2/1938, p.8
78 Chicago Defender, 7/30/1938, p.8
80 Arkansas Gazette, 7/17/1938, p.15
81 Arkansas Gazette, 3/24/1940, p.11
84 Arkansas State Press, 7/25/1941, p.5
85 Arkansas State Press, 7/25/1941, p.5
86 Arkansas State Press, 8/8/1941, p.5
87 Arkansas Gazette, 8/22/1941, p.19
88 Arkansas State Press, 4/20/1942, p.7
89 Arkansas Gazette, 8/19/1933, p.8
90 Arkansas Gazette, 10/1/1933, p.21
91 Chicago Defender, 8.12.1933, p.9
92 Arkansas Gazette, 7/9/1933
93 Arkansas Gazette, 8/28/1933, p.6
94 Chicago Defender, 8.12.1933, p.9
95 Arkansas Gazette, 7/12/1933, p.12
96 Arkansas Gazette, 10/1/1933, p.21
97 Arkansas Gazette, 7/9/1933
98 Arkansas Gazette, 7/12/1933, p.12
99 Chicago Defender, 7/14/1934, p.17
100 Chicago Defender, 7/14/1934, p.17
101 Omaha World-Herald, 7/5/1934, p.22
102 Omaha World-Herald, 7/5/1934, p.22
103 Chicago Defender, 7/14/1934, p.17
104 Omaha World-Herald, 7/5/1934, p.22
105 Chicago Defender, 7/14/1934, p.17
106 Omaha World-Herald, 7/5/1934, p.22
107 Omaha World-Herald, 7/5/1934, p.22
108 Omaha World-Herald, 7/5/1934, p.22
109 Omaha World-Herald, 7/5/1934, p.22
110 Omaha World-Herald, 7/5/1934, p.22
111 Arkansas Gazette, 8/12/1935, p.6
113 Arkansas Gazette, 8/9/1936, p.18
115 Arkansas Gazette, 4/26/1936, p.13
116 Arkansas Gazette, 4/12/1936, p.12
117 Arkansas Gazette, 4/12/1936, p.12
122 Chicago Defender, 4/11/1936, p.14
123 Chicago Defender, 4/11/1936, p.14
124 Chicago Defender, 4/24/1937, p.13
125 Times-Picayune (New Orleans), 6/14/1937, p.13
126 Times-Picayune (New Orleans), 6/14/1937, p.13
127 Chicago Defender, 4/24/1937, p.13
128 Times-Picayune (New Orleans), 6/14/1937, p.13
129 Chicago Defender, 4/24/1937, p.13
130 Chicago Defender, 7/24/1937, p.21
131 Chicago Defender, 4/24/1937, p.13
132 Chicago Defender, 4/24/1937, p.13
133 Times-Picayune (New Orleans), 6/14/1937, p.13
134 Chicago Defender, 4/24/1937, p.13
135 Chicago Defender, 4/24/1937, p.13
136 Times-Picayune (New Orleans), 6/14/1937, p.13
137 Times-Picayune (New Orleans), 6/14/1937, p.13
138 Chicago Defender, 7/2/1938, p.8
141 Chicago Defender, 5/21/1938, p.10
143 Chicago Defender, 5/21/1938, p.10
162 Arkansas Gazette, 3/24/1940, p.11
163 Arkansas Gazette, 3/24/1940, p.11
164 Arkansas State Press, 5/16/1941, p.5
165 Arkansas State Press, 5/16/1941, p.5
166 Arkansas State Press, 8/8/1941, p.5
167 Arkansas State Press, 3/27/1942, p.7
168 Arkansas State Press, 4/20/1942, p.7
169 Arkansas State Press, 4/20/1942, p.7
170 Arkansas State Press, 4/20/1942, p.7
171 Arkansas State Press, 4/20/1942, p.7
172 Arkansas State Press, 4/20/1942, p.7
173 Arkansas State Press, 4/20/1942, p.7
174 Arkansas State Press, 4/20/1942, p.7
175 Arkansas State Press, 4/20/1942, p.7
176 Arkansas State Press, 4/20/1942, p.7
177 Arkansas State Press, 4/20/1942, p.7
178 Arkansas State Press, 4/20/1942, p.7
179 Arkansas State Press, 4/20/1942, p.7
180 Arkansas State Press, 4/20/1942, p.7
181 Arkansas State Press, 4/20/1942, p.7
182 Arkansas State Press, 4/20/1942, p.7
183 Arkansas State Press, 4/20/1942, p.7
184 Arkansas State Press, 4/20/1942, p.7
185 Pine Bluff Commercial, 9/12/2000
186 Untold Stories: Black Sport Heroes Before Integration, by Darren Ivy and Jeff Krupsaw. 2002.