The Negro Leagues have a fascinating history both before and after Jackie Robinson’s 1947 integration of Major League Baseball, featuring incredible superstars from Satchel Paige to Cool Papa Bell to Josh Gibson. But the many teams that competed in those leagues have often been overlooked. The Grambling Tigers’ baseball team, from Lousiana’s historically black Grambling State University, unveiled one of the most interesting uniform tributes in a while Tuesday night against LSU (which also wore throwback uniforms), though, with their players wearing a wide array of uniforms that had different Negro League team names on the front. Here are some looks at those:
It’s Throwback Night at @LSUbaseball and the GSU_TIGERS have joined in the fun! GSU will wear jerseys from different Negro League Teams in the contest, including the Memphis Red Sox, St. Louis Stars, Detroit Stars, Atlanta Black Crackers & the New York Black Yankees! #HBCU pic.twitter.com/48dOh8qh1o
— Tiffani-Dawn B. Sykes (@Tiffani_Sykes) February 28, 2018
Grambling wearing a set of old Negro League jerseys, each player a different team @PhilHecken @UniWatch pic.twitter.com/5fhoY1LGzz
— PodKATT (@valleyshook) February 28, 2018
Those are pretty nice. And it’s neat to see some often-forgotten history honored this way. That’s a nice move by Grambling. They eventually lost 10-3, partly thanks to a six-run bottom of the seventh from LSU, but they got some people talking about the Negro Leagues and the history involved. And that’s cool to see.
[Tiffani-Dawn Sykes on Twitter]