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Sun, 10.05.1941

The Cleveland Buckeyes Baseball Team is Formed


*The founding of the Cleveland Buckeyes is celebrated on this date in 1941.  They were a Negro League baseball team that played in the Negro American League.  

They were based in Cincinnati for their first season and Louisville for their second-to-last season.   The Buckeyes were established as the Buckeyes Baseball Club, established initially in Cincinnati, Ohio, scheduling seven league games in Cincinnati and nine in Cleveland, plus another five in Meadville, Pennsylvania. The following season, owner Ernest White made Cleveland the team's home city, where they played their games at League Park. 

While in Cleveland, the team achieved great success, including winning a pair of Negro American League championships (1945, 1947) and a Negro League World Series title in 1945.  Players that were on the team included Sam Jethreo and Sam Jones. In 1949 the team moved again to Louisville, Kentucky. Still, it was to no avail, and the Louisville Buckeyes returned to Cleveland for the first two months of the 1950 season before disbanding.  The Buckeyes played their inaugural season's home games at Crosley Field in Cincinnati. After one season, they moved upstate to Cleveland and played at League Park until their demise, except for 1949, when they played at Parkway Field in Louisville, Kentucky.  

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