May 2, 1920: Inaugural Game of the National Negro Baseball League

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Although the origins of Negro Leagues Baseball cover a wide expanse of teams and leagues dating back into the 1800s, many baseball historians and enthusiasts point to the inaugural season of the Negro National League in 1920 on this day as the official start of the Black Baseball’s “Golden Age.”

Hall of Famer Andrew “Rube” Foster, a former player and owner of the Chicago American Giants, helped to guide the forming of an organized league comprised of a handful of teams from the Midwest. Calling itself the Negro National League, the first game of the 1920 season was held between Foster’s American Giants and the home team Indianapolis ABC’s. Although the American Giants would win the league championship that year, they would lose the opener to the hosting squad 4-2.

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  • Dan O'Brien August 6, 2020 - 1:26 pm

    The league did open play in Indianapolis on May 2, 1920, but the opponent for the Indianapolis ABCs was the Chicago Giants, not Rube Foster’s Chicago American Giants (two different teams). The ABCs won both games of a doubleheader. I have the news reports from Indianapolis newspapers to verify.