Cleveland Buckeyes

Cleveland Buckeyes

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The Cleveland Buckeyes were a professional baseball team that played in the Negro Leagues. They were established in 1942 in Cincinnati, Ohio[1] (Ohio being the Buckeye State). The following season, the team moved to Cleveland, Ohio, where they played their games at League Park.[2] 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.[1] In 1949 the team moved again, to Louisville, Kentucky, but it was to no avail and the Louisville Buckeyes disbanded at the end of the season.[3][1]

On May 20, 2006, in Cleveland, the Pittsburgh Pirates and Cleveland Indians honored the Negro league teams by wearing the uniforms of the Homestead Grays and the Cleveland Buckeyes, respectively, during an inter-league game, as well as displaying the names on the scoreboard. The Pirates won the game 9-6.[4]

The League Park Society in Cleveland plans to field a new Cleveland Buckeyes team in 2010, calling League Park home. LPS secured the blessings of the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum and others before securing the rights to the name. The new team will wear a slightly updated version of the famous Buckeyes uniforms.[citation needed]


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