Epilogue: 1945 was the Beginning of the End for the Negro Leagues

The Buckeyes’ Negro League championship was a big deal – to the black community. Although the team was covered regularly by the Call and Post, it received…

Buckeyes Put Up a Pair of Shutouts to Win Negro World Series

The Buckeyes took a commanding lead of two games to none in the 1945 Negro World Series with them into Pittsburgh – but they were playing the…

Buckeyes Have Work Cut Out Against Grays as World Series Dawns

Playing baseball in the Negro Leagues was a nomadic existence. It wasn’t uncommon for a team to play in multiple home fields in the same season. The…

Buckeyes Wrap Up Second-half Crown; Negro World Series Matchup with Grays Looms

There was little more than a month left in the Negro League regular season after the East-West All-Star Game, and the Buckeyes, already winners of the first…

East-West Game Provided Large Stage for Buckeyes, Negro League Baseball

The East-West All-Star Game for the Negro Leagues started in the same year as the Major League Baseball All-Star Game, 1933. In fact, they were both played…

Buckeyes Get Glimpse of Greatness — and Victory — When Monarchs Come to Town

The Cleveland Buckeyes started out as an Ohio team, with the plan to play home games in Cincinnati and Cleveland. But they proved more popular in Northern…

Buckeyes Open Second Half with Big Night Game — Marred by Fight

Municipal Stadium, built on the lakefront in downtown Cleveland, had more than double the seating capacity of League Park, roughly 60 blocks east. It also had lights….

Highly-charged offense powers Buckeyes to first-half crown

As the Cleveland Call and Post said, the Buckeyes were “drunk with recent successes” with “blood in their collective eyes and a yen for bear” when the…

Buckeyes Set Tone with Home Opener Sweep

Nearly 10,000 fans crammed into League Park at East 66th Street and Lexington Avenue for the 1945 home opener for the Buckeyes, who would play the Memphis…

Buckeyes Get Out to Early Lead in Road Trip Opener

The Cleveland Buckeyes opened the 1945 season on the road, against the two-time defending Negro American League champion Birmingham Black Barons in Alabama. The two teams played…

Trouppe Key Acquisition as 1945 Season Dawns for Buckeyes

As 1945 dawned, World War II was winding down toward its inexorable conclusion. Allied troops were moving through Europe, making their way toward Berlin – and presenting…