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Pittsburgh Keystones (baseball)


Pittsburgh Keystones (baseball)

Pittsburgh Keystones
(1887, 1921-1922)
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
League affiliation(s)
Negro National League (1922)
Negro National League Associate (1921)
League of Colored Baseball Clubs (1877)

The Pittsburgh Keystones was the name of two historic professional Negro league baseball teams that operated in 1887 and again in 1921 and 1922. The first team was a member of the first black baseball league in 1887, the League of Colored Baseball Clubs. The league only lasted a week, which resulted in a 3-4 record for the Keystones, an included Weldy Walker, the second African-American to play in the major leagues and future hall of famer, Sol White.[1]

The second club was founded by Alexander McDonald Williams, a Barbadian immigrant and pool hall operator.[2] The Keystones' home field was Central Park, located in the Hill District at the corner of Chauncey Street and Humber Way.[3] The park was built by the prominent African American architect Louis A. S. Bellinger, who would later design Greenlee Field for the Pittsburgh Crawfords.[4][5]

In their first season the Pittsburgh Keystones played as associate members of the Negro National League. Managed by Fred Downer, they compiled a 7-14-1 record against league and other associate clubs.[6] The Keystones joined the league as full members in 1922, finishing sixth with a 14-23-2 record in league play under managers Dizzy Dismukes and Dicta Johnson.[7] The team disbanded after the season.

Year-by-year record

(from Baseball Reference Bullpen)

Year Record Finish Manager Notes
1887 3-4 -- Walter Brown League folded after 1 week
1921 7-14-1 5th Fred Downer
1922 14-23-2 6th Dizzy Dismukes & Dicta Johnson


  1. ^ " Negro Leagues Database". 2011. Retrieved 2012-04-07. 
  2. ^ Ashwill, Gary (2009-09-09). "Central Park, Pittsburgh 1920-1925". Retrieved 2012-04-07. 
  3. ^ Ashwill, Gary (2006-05-07). "Pittsburgh's Central Park". Retrieved 2012-04-07. 
  4. ^ Tannler, Albert M. (2006-05-07). "Pittsburgh's African-American Architect Louis Bellinger and the New Granada Theater". Retrieved 2012-04-10. 
  5. ^ Strecker, Geri, "The Rise of Greenlee Field: Biography of a Ballpark," Black Ball: A Negro Leagues Journal 2:2 (Fall 2009): 39-40.
  6. ^ " Negro Leagues Database". 2011. Retrieved 2012-04-07. 
  7. ^ " Negro Leagues Database". 2011. Retrieved 2012-04-07. 
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