A Guide to the African American Baseball Collection, 1903-1973
Photographs in the African American Baseball Collection feature images of an unidentified African American man who may have played for the Negro Leagues Monroe (Louisiana) Monarchs team. Evidence indicates that the collection may have been compiled by Ray T. Sheppard, who played for the Monarchs, as well as Birmingham Black Barons, the Detroit Stars, and the Detroit Wolves, cities that are identified within the collection. Sheppard (1902-1987) coached high school baseball and football at Central High School in Galveston, Texas for 38 years.
Aeillo, Thomas, The Kings of Casino Park: Black Baseball in the Lost Season of 1932, Tuscaloosa: University of Alabama Press, 2011.
The African American Baseball Collection is a collection of 19 photographs associated with a member of the Monroe (Louisiana) Monarchs, a Negro Leagues baseball team. Photographs, glued and stapled to a 13" X 21" cardboard backing, are in fragile condition. Many photographs are marked with pasted, handwritten labels indicating date and location, including "Flat Top 1903", "Birmingham, Ala., 1927," "Mexico 1928", and "Astro Dome, 1969."
This collection is open for research use.
African American Baseball Collection, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.
This collection was processed by Colleen Hobbs, October 2016.
Detailed Description of the Papers