Monday, June 11, 2012

A Black Club In Decatur In 1870

We had fondly hoped that the enfranchisement of the colored people would tend to levate their ideas and aspirations but our anticipations have come to grief.  The young colored men of Decatur have, we are sorry to say, taken a step backward - they have organized a base ball club.
-Decatur Republican, May 12, 1870

Honestly, I think I now know more about black baseball in Decatur in 1870 than I do about black baseball in St. Louis during the same period. 

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