El Dorado Black Lions (1937-1938)

The El Dorado Black Lions was a Negro baseball team based in El Dorado, AR, from 1937-1938.


El Dorado Black Lions had considerable talent for a semi-professional Negro team. Included on the team's roster were future Baltimore Elite Giants pitcher Bob Romby, future Birmingham Black Baron Buddy Allen, former Butte Colored Giants infielder Arthur Ellis and longtime Negro baseball and Harlem Globetrotters basketball player Reece Tatum, who likely began his baseball career with the El Dorado Black Lions.


7/24/1937Rowland Field, El Dorado, ARRuston Black Volunteers 1
1938 Greenville Colored BuckshotsL483
1938 Greenville Colored BuckshotsL4143
7/10/1938Rowland Field, El Dorado, ARMichigan GiantsW542
7/11/1938Rowland Field, El Dorado, ARMichigan GiantsW1092


Buddy Allen3
Lindsey Brewster3
Brake Bye3
A. G. Conley3
Arthur Ellis4 3
Robert FaisonCaptain3
Kinard Ford3
Bubbie Lindsey3
Bob Romby3
Fred SimsCoach3
Reece Tatum5 3
Alzie B. Walker3

3. Chicago Defender, 8/7/1937, p.19
4. Untold Stories: Black Sport Heroes Before Integration, by Darren Ivy and Jeff Krupsaw. 2002.