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Little Rock Black Travelers (1945)

The Little Rock Black Travelers were a Negro baseball team in the 1945 Negro Southern League. The team played home games at Travelers Field.

History

In the spring of 1945, the Little Rock Black Travelers became one of eight franchises in the newly revived Negro Southern League, which had not operated since 1936. The team was owned by Sam Parks and managed by Charlie Burgs.12 Home games were played at Travelers Field, home of the white Little Rock Travelers from whom the name "Black Travelers" originated.

The Negro Southern Schedule was divided into a split season. The first half began on May 6th and finished on July 4th. Little Rock finished seventh among eight teams in the first half with 9-22 record.3 Shortly after the second half began in mid-July, the Black Travelers moved to Richmond, VA due to "difficulties with the Little Rock baseball park."4 This difficulty was likely the result of not being able to book Travelers Field for home games.

After Little Rock dropped out of the Negro Southern League, the team barnstormed as an independent club.

Schedule/Results

The Negro Southern League schedule was divided into a split schedule. The following is a record of those halves before the team moved to Richmond, as can best be understood:

First Half


Second Half


Non-League Games


Players



1. The Sporting News, 3/1/1945
2. Arkansas Gazette, 5/6/1945, p.8
3. Times-Picayune, 7/8/1945
4. Afro American, 7/28/1945
5. Times-Picayune, 5/11/1945
6. Afro American, 5/26/1945
7. Arkansas Gazette, 5/13/1945
8. Afro American, 5/12/1945
9. Afro American, 5/19/1945
10. Afro American, 6/2/1945
11. Times-Picayune, 5/24/1945
12. Dallas Morning News, 5/23/1945
13. Arkansas Gazette, 5/28/1945
14. Pittsburgh Courier, 6/9/1945
18. Arkansas Gazette, 6/10/1945.
19. Pittsburgh Courier, 6/16/1945
20. Arkansas Gazette, 6/10/1945.
The article doesn't explicitly say that the series with Mobile was cancelled, but this is in inferred by the fact that the Chicago-Toledo game was taking the place of the series.
22. Afro American, 6/23/1945
23. Chicago Defender , 6/30/1945, p.7
24. The Sporting News, 7/5/1945, p.18. Little Rock lost a four-game series to Knoxville.
26. Afro American, 7/14/1945. Atlanta Swept six-game series.
27. Macon Telegraph, 7/1/1945
28. Afro American, 7/21/1945
29. Richmond Times-Dispatch, 7/8/1945
30. Richmond Times-Dispatch, 7/23/1945
31. The Bee (Danville, VA), 7/25/1945
32. Hammond Times (Hammond, IN), 8/3/1945
34. Racine Journal Times, 8/8/1945
37. Racine Journal Times, 8/9/1945