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American Giant I
American Giant I
Oil on panel

Chicago American Giants

One of the truly legendary teams of black baseball the American Giants club was formed in 1911 by Andrew "Rube" Foster. After establishing the American Giants as the premier independent team in the West throughout the 1910s, Foster organized the first viable professional black league, the Negro National League, in 1920 with his American Giants as the cornerstone franchise.

During the 1920s the American Giants won five Negro National League pennants and two Negro World Series championships. After Foster's death and the collapse of the original Negro National League, the club played the 1932 season in the Negro Southern League and defeated the Nashville Elite Giants in a playoff for that league's pennant.