From Ohio History Central
The Cleveland Bears was a professional African American baseball team.
During the late 1800s and the early 1900s, professional baseball teams and leagues were segregated. African Americans did not play on teams with white players. White teams and black teams did not play in the same professional leagues. As a result of this segregation, there were separate leagues and teams for whites and blacks in professional baseball's early decades.
The Cleveland Bears played its home games in Cleveland, Ohio. The team played in the Negro American League. Established in 1939, the Cleveland Bears played only two seasons (1939 and 1940) before disbanding.