Columbus Turfs

From Ohio History Central

The Columbus Turfs 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 Columbus Turfs played its home games in Columbus, Ohio. The team played in the Negro Southern League. This league only played for one season in 1932. The Turfs began the season in Louisville, Kentucky and played as the Louisville Black Caps. During the season, the team relocated to Columbus and became the Columbus Turfs. At the end of the 1932 season, the Negro Southern League was disbanded.

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