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1935 Pittsburgh Crawfords The 1935 Pittsburgh Crawfords, champions of the Negro National League, are considered one of the greatest baseball teams ever assembled. Five Hall-of-Famers played on that club: Josh Gibson, Satchel Paige, Judy Johnson, Cool Papa Bell, and Oscar Charleston. Nodody can say for certain how the Crawfords would have fared against major league teams, but it's safe to assume they were better than the Pittsburgh Pirates that year. The Pirates were a fourth-place club in 1935.
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Posted By: Lava1964
Posted by: Classico on 2008-02-09 
There had been several all star games between Major League and Negro League players. They were stopped after the Negro Leagues won.

My Dad knew Josh Gibson and said he was one of the nicest guys he ever met in his life.
Posted by: Lava1964 on 2008-02-09 
There were many games between white pro teams and black pro teams in baseball's segregation era. I'm not sure if any could be classified as true 'all-star games.' Usually a team with a few white major leaguers would play established black teams. Best indications say that the black teams won about two-thirds of the games. They certainly had the most to prove.
Posted by: Classico on 2008-02-13 
Actually, there were quite a few such contests:

``Matchups between the Babe Ruth or Dizzy Dean All-Stars and black players became frequent. The most famous of the interracial barnstorming tours occurred in 1946, when Cleveland Indian pitcher Bob Feller organized a major league all-star team and toured the nation accompanied by the Satchel Paige All-Stars. Surviving records reveal that blacks won two-thirds of all interracial games.``


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