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Sioux City Ghosts Scrapbooks, 1920s-1983

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Collector:
Sioux City Ghosts
Author:
Williams, Franklin
Physical description:
0.5 cu. ft. : 2 boxes
Culture:
African Americans
Type:
Scrapbooks
Collection descriptions
Postcards
Clippings
Photograph albums
Posters
Place:
Sioux City (Iowa)
Iowa
Date:
1925
1925-1983
1920s-1983
1930-1940
1930-1950
1920-1970
Notes:
The Sioux City Ghosts were an all-black fast-pitch softball team that toured the country in the 1920s and 1930s. For their pranks and antics on the field, they were often compared to basketball's Harlem Globetrotters. The team formed in 1925 as a boys' club which gathered to play softball. In 1931 they began touring. They gained a reputation and quickly drew large crowds. The team also played in Mexico and Canada. The team disbanded when World War II began, and many members served in the armed forces. After the war, few members rejoined, but the team kept going unti 1956.
Summary:
A scrapbook and a photograph album detailing the day-to-day lives on the road of a barnstorming black softball team, five posters advertising appearances of the Ghosts, and a certificate. The scrapbook, kept by one of the players, Franklin Williams, contains his handwritten history of the team, a handwritten schedule, postcards from some of the cities they played in, greeting cards, restaurant menus, scorecards, and a large number of news clippings about games. The album contains photographs of the Ghosts playing, snapshots of cities they visited, street scenes, ballparks, families and friends, and tourist attractions.
Cite as:
Sioux City Ghosts Scrapbooks, Archives Center, National Museum of American History
Topic:
Softball
Softball players
African American athletes
Local number:
1997.0024 (NMAH Acc.)
Data Source:
Archives Center - NMAH

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