Baseball for the Thinking Fan

Login | Register | Feedback

You are here > Home > Baseball Newsstand > Discussion
Baseball Primer Newsblog
— The Best News Links from the Baseball Newsstand

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
  Tags: separate but equal bs

Reader Comments and Retorts

Go to end of page

Statements posted here are those of our readers and do not represent the BaseballThinkFactory. Names are provided by the poster and are not verified. We ask that posters follow our submission policy. Please report any inappropriate comments.

   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.

You must be Registered and Logged In to post comments.



<< Back to main

BBTF Partner

Dynasty League Baseball

Support BBTF


Thanks to
Andere Richtingen
for his generous support.

You must be logged in to view your Bookmarks.

Hot Topics

NewsblogMajor League Baseball work stoppage almost certain on Dec. 2
(12 - 5:47am, Oct 27)
Last: McCoy

NewsblogHouston vs. Atlanta Is Rob Manfred’s Nightmare World Series
(21 - 5:46am, Oct 27)
Last: McCoy

NewsblogMLB Just Tried a Bunch of Experimental Rules in the Minors. How Well Did They Work?
(84 - 12:47am, Oct 27)
Last: Doug Jones threw harder than me

Newsblog2021 World Series OMNICHATTER!
(78 - 12:30am, Oct 27)
Last: What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face?

NewsblogWith Experts on the Negro Leagues Involved, the Hall of Fame’s Era Committee Plans Are Emerging
(12 - 11:57pm, Oct 26)
Last: John Northey

NewsblogReport: Padres interview Ozzie Guillen to be next manager
(21 - 11:38pm, Oct 26)
Last: John Northey

Sox TherapyMeet the 2022 Red Sox
(11 - 11:24pm, Oct 26)
Last: The Yankee Clapper

NewsblogNBA 2021-2022 Season Thread
(359 - 11:23pm, Oct 26)
Last: Moses Taylor hashes out the rumpus

Hall of Merit2022 Hall of Merit Ballot Discussion
(195 - 10:47pm, Oct 26)
Last: Jaack

NewsblogReport: Yankees' Cole, Gardner had altercation after clubhouse prank
(36 - 10:45pm, Oct 26)
Last: My name is Votto, and I love to get Moppo

NewsblogBill James: The Strongest Franchises
(25 - 10:20pm, Oct 26)
Last: cardsfanboy

NewsblogOT Soccer Thread - Transfer! Kits! Other Stuff!
(481 - 8:44pm, Oct 26)
Last: Fancy Pants Handle struck out swinging

(2 - 7:44pm, Oct 26)
Last: Howie Menckel

Newsblog‘Dear Rays, Montreal won’t pay for your new stadium’ billboard up near Trop
(11 - 5:00pm, Oct 26)
Last: Paul d mobile

NewsblogSilver Slugger Award finalists announced
(14 - 4:15pm, Oct 26)
Last: Walt Davis

Page rendered in 0.2055 seconds
48 querie(s) executed