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Sunday, March 07, 2021

The Brown Bombers, a Little-Known Black Baseball Team, Shook Colorado’S Segregated Sports World

In the beginning, they were called “The Clouds of Joy,” at their wives’ request. Not satisfied with a name that might have been better suited to a gospel choir, the team eventually settled on one that honored a legendary boxer, and their own tendency to swing for the fences.

“I, for one, hated that name. So did Justus,” Bell said, referring to the wives’ choice. “Between the two of us we came up with the Brown Bombers after Joe Louis. We were brown and we used to like to bomb.”

Their motivation not only to play, but to win, drew strength from the racist, dehumanizing behavior they encountered daily. Some were turned away from the YMCA pool because they were Black. The server behind the lunch counter at Walgreens served their 75-cent toasted cheese sandwiches and milkshakes laced with enough salt to render them inedible. The last straw may have been the high school football coach who said he wouldn’t let an “n-word” play varsity football.

“We wanted to show the white guys that we were just as good or better,” said first baseman Joe Morgan, “because we weren’t allowed on their teams.”

Lowry Seasoning Salt Posted: March 07, 2021 at 04:17 PM | 3 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Jameson Posted: September 18, 2021 at 05:09 PM (#6040311)
   2. SoSH U at work Posted: September 18, 2021 at 05:31 PM (#6040315)
In the beginning, they were called “The Clouds of Joy,” at their wives’ request. Not satisfied with a name that might have been better suited to a gospel choir,

Forcing these guys to follow the same path as the late-arriving Bosstones and Lemon Drops.

   3. kirstie819 Posted: September 19, 2021 at 09:33 AM (#6040391)
Instead of debating on team name you should focus and get motivation from to win this game. The research proposal help is a traditional based style group which can help players to learn baseball skills.

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