Babylon in Suffolk County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
The Cuban Giants
Birthplace of the famous
First Professional Black Baseball Team
Babylon Village Historic and Preservation Society
Erected 2010 by Babylon Village Historic and Preservation Society.
Location. 40° 41.894′ N, 73° 19.866′ W. Marker is in Babylon, New York, in Suffolk County. Marker can be reached from Trolley Line Road east of Argyle Avenue. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Babylon NY 11702, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Babylon World War I Memorial (approx. ¼ mile away); Babylon's Heros World War I Memorial (approx. 0.3 miles away); Babylon Town Hall (approx. 0.4 miles away); Babylon Railroad Company Trolley Route (approx. 0.4 miles away); Conklin House (approx. half a mile away); Sagtikos Manor (approx. 2.9 miles away); Honoring the Four Heroic Chaplains... (approx. 3.8 miles away); Great Neck Road School (approx. 3.8 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Babylon.
More about this marker. The marker is in the northwest corner of Argyle Park. To find the marker, when facing
The Argyle Hotel was torn down in 1904.
Also see . . .
1. Cuban Giants (Wikipedia.org). The Cuban Giants were the first African-American professional baseball club....The team was originally formed in 1885 at the Argyle Hotel, a summer resort in Babylon, New York. The team was so skilled in the game, and achieved victory over so many of the nearby amateur "white" teams that they attracted the attention of a promoter, Walter Cook. To appeal to a broader audience, Cook styled them the "Cuban Giants", although there were rarely (if ever) any Cubans on the Cuban Giants. The team remained one of the premier Negro league teams for nearly 20 years....The team went on to become the "world colored champions" of 1887 and 1888, and spawned imitators. (Submitted on October 18, 2016.)
2. Root of black pro baseball celebrated in Babylon (Newsday, April 17, 2010). Walking back the story of black baseball to its precise origin is no easy chore after more than a century of mostly oral history and sometimes conflicting bits of written record. But Sunday, Babylon Village officials will mark the approximate spot where members of a long-gone resort (Submitted on October 18, 2016.)
Categories. • African Americans • Sports •
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