Negro National League (1933–48)

Negro National League
Sport Baseball
Founded 1933
Ceased 1948
No. of teams 18
Country United States
  • (Washington) Homestead Grays (10)
  • Pittsburgh Crawfords (2)
  • Cole's American Giants (1)
  • Philadelphia Stars (1)
  • Newark Eagles (1)
  • New York Cubans (1)

The second Negro National League was one of the several Negro leagues created during the time organized baseball was segregated.

League history

The second Negro National League was established in 1933, two years after the first Negro National League (NNL) had disbanded.[1] The second NNL lasted until 1948, the year after Major League Baseball integrated, after which its surviving teams merged into the Negro American League.[2]

Negro National League franchises

Annual final standings: 1933, 1934, 1935, 1936, 1937, 1938, 1939, 1940, 1941, 1942, 1943, 1944, 1945, 1946, 1947, 1948

†The Brooklyn Eagles and Newark Dodgers merged to form the Newark Eagles in 1936.

Member timeline

League champions

Pennant winners

From 1937 and 1938, 1940, and 1942 through 1946, the team in first place at the end of the season was declared the Pennant winner. Due to the unorthodox nature of the schedule (and little incentive to enforce it), some teams frequently played many more games than others did in any given season. This led to some disputed championships and two teams claiming the title. Generally, the team with the best winning percentage (with some minimum number of games played) was awarded the Pennant, but other times it was the team with the most victories. The "games behind" method of recording standings was uncommon in most black leagues.

† – Pennant was decided via a split-season schedule with the winner of the first half of the season playing the winner of the second half of the season.
* – Pennant was decided via a 2-round play-off between the top four teams.
‡ – Pennant winner went on to play in the Negro World Series.

League play-offs

From 1925 through 1928, and again in 1930, the NNL split the season into two halves. The winner of the first half played the winner of the second half for the league Pennant. As mentioned above, disputes also occurred in the split season finishes.

1st round: Baltimore Elite Giants (3rd place) beat Newark Eagles (2nd place), 3 games to 1 game
2nd round: Baltimore Elite Giants (3rd place) beat Washington Homestead Grays, 3 games to 1 game, 1 tie

Negro World Series

Main article: Negro World Series

For the duration of the league, a Negro World Series took place seven times, from 1942 through 1948. The NNL Pennant winner met the champion of the rival Negro American League. Five out of the seven years, the Negro National League team (below in bold) prevailed.


  1. "Negro League Baseball Players Association: History" Accessed 9 February 2012.
  2. "Negro League History 101" Accessed 9 February 2012.


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