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Little Rock Grays (1931-1932)

The Little Rock Grays, also referred to as the Little Rock Greys, were a Negro baseball team based in Little Rock, AR from 1931-1932. The team competed in the Negro Southern League both years. Home games were primarily played at Crump Park in Little Rock, AR. This team should not be confused with the Little Rock Black Travelers, a contemporary independent Negro team based in Little Rock.

History

The Little Rock Grays first appeared in July 1931 under the direction of local black businessman Jesse J. Floyd. Another local Negro team, the Little Rock Black Travelers, had at that time been seeking entry into the Negro Southern League.12 However, for unclear reasons, the league franchise was instead awarded to Floyd's Little Rock Grays club, which evidently only played a few league games during the second half of the 1931 season.

In the spring of 1932, the Grays were again admitted to the Negro Southern League.3 Meanwhile, local black mortician Daniel J. Dubisson joined Floyd as a part-owner of the Grays. The first half of the league season began on April 22nd with a series against Monroe, followed by series against Cleveland, Memphis, Louisville, Montgomery, and Knoxville. The Grays performed fairly poorly and fell low in league standings.4 In late June, after a meeting of club owners to discuss various controversies within the Negro Southern League, Little Rock was withdrawn from the league.5 Afterward, the Grays continued to play as an independent team, traveling south into Texas and Mexico during July and August.

In 1933, the Little Rock Stars took the place of the Grays in the Negro Southern League.6

Schedule/Results

DateLocationOpponentW-LRRANotes
7/17/1931Kavanaugh Field, Little Rock, ARNashville Elite GiantsL9107
7/18/1931Kavanaugh Field, Little Rock, ARNashville Elite Giants First Game.7
7/18/1931Kavanaugh Field, Little Rock, ARNashville Elite Giants Second Game.7
8/?/1931Memphis, TNMemphis Red SoxL0128
8/20/1931Kavanaugh Field, Little Rock, ARChicago American GiantsL0129, 10
8/23/1931 Little Rock Black TravelersL0211
8/23/1931 Little Rock Black TravelersL2411
8/30/1931Booster Park, North Little Rock, ARLittle Rock Black TravelersL23First game.12
8/30/1931Booster Park, North Little Rock, ARLittle Rock Black TravelersL23Second game.12
1932
4/10/1932Crump Park, Little Rock, ARLittle Rock Black TravelersW4113
4/15/1932Crump Park, Little Rock, AREvans Undertaking CompanyW231214
4/17/1932Crump Park, Little Rock, ARLittle Rock Stars 14
4/22/1932Crump Park, Little Rock, ARMonroe (LA) MonarchsL1615
4/23/1932Crump Park, Little Rock, ARMonroe (LA) MonarchsL3616
4/24/1932Crump Park, Little Rock, ARMonroe (LA) MonarchsL615First game.16, 17, 18, 19
4/24/1932Crump Park, Little Rock, ARMonroe (LA) MonarchsL38Second game.16, 17, 18, 19
4/30/1932Crump Park, Little Rock, ARCleveland (OH) CubsW32,20, 21, 22
5/2/1932Crump Park, Little Rock, ARCleveland (OH) CubsW18421
5/3/1932Crump Park, Little Rock, ARCleveland (OH) CubsW62First game.23
5/3/1932Crump Park, Little Rock, ARCleveland (OH) CubsW73Second game.23
5/14/1932Casino Park, Monroe, LAMonroe (LA) MonarchsL1724
5/15/1932Casino Park, Monroe, LAMonroe (LA) MonarchsL16First game.25
5/15/1932Casino Park, Monroe, LAMonroe (LA) MonarchsL28Second game.25
5/16/1932Casino Park, Monroe, LAMonroe (LA) MonarchsL3426
5/22/1932Crump Park, Little Rock, ARLouisville Black CapsW65First game.27
5/22/1932Crump Park, Little Rock, ARLouisville Black CapsW32Second game.27
5/28/1932Crump Park, Little Rock, ARMemphis Red SoxW92Second game.28, 29
5/29/1932Crump Park, Little Rock, ARMemphis Red SoxW6330, 29
5/30/1932Crump Park, Little Rock, ARMemphis Red Sox First game.30
5/30/1932Crump Park, Little Rock, ARMemphis Red Sox Second game.30
6/4/1932Montgomery, ALMontgomery (AL) Gray SoxL1531, 32
6/4/1932Montgomery, ALMontgomery (AL) Gray SoxL56First game.32
6/4/1932Montgomery, ALMontgomery (AL) Gray SoxL01Second game.32
6/18/1932Knoxville, TNKnoxville (TN) GiantsL3933
6/18/1932Knoxville, TNKnoxville (TN) GiantsL0933
6/18/1932Knoxville, TNKnoxville (TN) GiantsL33333
6/18/1932Knoxville, TNKnoxville (TN) GiantsW6333
6/26/1932Crump Park, Little Rock, ARBen Harjo's Oklahoma IndiansL14First game.34
6/26/1932Crump Park, Little Rock, ARBen Harjo's Oklahoma IndiansW41Second game.34
7/3/1932Camden, ARCamden (AR) TigersW7035
7/4/1932Camden, ARCamden (AR) Tigers 35
7/10/1932Crump Park, Little Rock, ARMuskogee (OK) First game.36
7/10/1932Crump Park, Little Rock, ARMuskogee (OK) Second game.36
7/11/1932Crump Park, Little Rock, ARMuskogee (OK) Second game.36
7/17/1932Mexico City, MXAztecasW9737
8/4/1932Nuevo Laredo, MXLa JuntaW9438
8/6/1932Van Daele Stadium, San Antonio, TXLa Fama AguilarsW10438, 39
8/7/1932Van Daele Stadium, San Antonio, TXLa Fama AguilarsL2338, 40
8/7/1932Van Daele Stadium, San Antonio, TXLa Fama AguilarsL3438, 40
9/18/1932Crump Park, Little Rock, ARSan Antonio (TX) Black Indians Second game.41
9/18/1932Crump Park, Little Rock, ARSan Antonio (TX) Black Indians First game.41
10/9/1932Casino Park, Monroe, LAMonroe (LA) Monarchs 42
10/10/1932Casino Park, Monroe, LAMonroe (LA) Monarchs 42


Players


1931
PlayerBirthDeathNotes
Cobbs 43
Conway 8
Faison 43
Murray Gillespie 7
Hawkins 8, 43
Edgar S. Jackson 8, 43
Byron JohnsonSeptember 16, 1911 in Little Rock, AR 9/24/2005 in Denver, CO8, 43
J. Johnson 8, 43
C. Jones 8, 43
Red Longley9/7/1909 in Little Rock, AR7/1977 in Memphis, TN8, 43
Buford Nunley1912 in AR12/5/19798, 43
Robinson 8
Sterling Stalsworth3/9/1908 in Sweet Home, AR11/17/19648
Wilburn 7


1932
PlayerBirthDeathNotes
Red Fox Blevins 44
Carr 29
Carter 45
Cobbs 29
Coss 32
Faison 45, 22
Bill Haynes 44
Bill Howard 44
Edgar Jackson 44
Johnson 24
Rueben Jones 46, 22
Sug Jones 44
Liggons 16
Red Longley9/7/1909 in Little Rock, AR7/1977 in Memphis, TN44
Pete McQueen3/26/1909 in Arkansas5/1/1985 in West Seneca, NY46
Buford Nunley1912 in AR12/5/197944
Albert Overton 44
Robinson 29
Samuel Thomas 44
Thompson 46
Tom Young6/10/1903 in Tatums, OK 44


1. Chicago Defender, 7/4/1931, p.8
2. Arkansas Gazette, 6/28/1931, p.16
3. Chicago Defender, 3/19/1932, p.9
4. Chicago Defender, 6/25/1932, p.8
5. Chicago Defender, 7/9/1932, p.8. It's not clear whether Little Rock was ousted from the league or if Little Rock withdrew voluntarily.
6. It's not entirely clear whether the Little Grays franchise was renamed the Stars or if the the Stars were a separate franchise.
7. Arkansas Gazette, 7/19/1931, p.13
9. Arkansas Gazette, 8/20/1931, p.13
10. Chicago Defender, 9/5/1931, p.9
11. Arkansas Gazette 8/26/1931 p.13
12. Arkansas Gazette 8/31/1931 p.9
13. Arkansas Gazette, 4/11/1932, p.7
14. Arkansas Gazette, 4/16/1932, p.14
15. Arkansas Gazette, 4/23/1932, p.15
16. Arkansas Gazette, 4/24/1932, p.15
17. Chicago Defender, 5/7/1932, p.8. Little Rock began season 0-4.
18. Chicago Defender, 5/14/1932, p.9
19. Fading of the Greys: Black Baseball and Historical Memory in Little Rock, Thomas Aiello, The Arkansas Historical Quarterly, Vol. 65, No. 4
20. Arkansas Gazette, 4/30/1932, p.16. Article names opponent as "Chicago Memorial Giants." This team played the 1932 season as the "Cleveland Cubs."
21. Arkansas Gazette, 5/3/1932, p.13
22. Chicago Defender, 5/7/1932, p.8
23. Arkansas Gazette, 5/4/1932, p.11
27. Arkansas Gazette, 5/23/1932, p.9
28. Arkansas Gazette, 5/29/1932, p.13
29. Chicago Defender, 6/4/1932, p.8
30. Arkansas Gazette, 5/30/1932, p.9
31. Arkansas Gazette,6/6/1932, p.7
32. Chicago Defender, 6/11/1932, p.8
33. Chicago Defender, 6/18/1932, p.8
34. Arkansas Gazette, 6/27/1932, p.7
35. Arkansas Gazette, 7/4/1932, p.6
36. Arkansas Gazette, 7/10/1932, p.11
37. Arkansas Gazette, 7/19/1932, p.8
38. Prensa (San Antonio, TX), 8/6/1932
40. https://newspaperarchive.com/san-antonio-light-aug-09-1932-p-9/?tag=la+fama&rtserp=tags/?ndt=bd&pd=1&pm=8&py=1932&pe=9&pem=8&pey=1932&pep=la-fama&psb=dateasc&pr=30/|San Antonio Light, 8/9/1932]
41. Arkansas Gazette, 9/18/1932, p.13
43. Arkansas Gazette, 7/17/1931, p.14
44. Arkansas Gazette, 4/6/1932, p.11
45. Arkansas Gazette, 4/30/1932, p.16
46. Arkansas Gazette, 4/22/1932, p.13