From Ohio History Central
The Cleveland Elites 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 Elites its home games in Cleveland, Ohio. The team was established in 1926 and played in the Negro National League. The Cleveland Elites played one season before the team became known as the Cleveland Hornets. The Hornets disbanded following the 1927 season.