Indianapolis in Marion County, Indiana — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Washington Park Baseball
Here, May 2, 1920, in the first game of the new Negro National League, the Indianapolis A.B.C.s defeated the Chicago Giants. Indianapolis native Oscar Charleston began his career with the A.B.C.s in 1915. Segregation in professional baseball (1887-1947) kept him from playing in the major leagues; he was indicted in the the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1976.
Baseball became popular in Indianapolis after the Civil War. In 1902, W.H. Watkins organized the Indianapolis Indians in the new professional American Association league. The Indians dedicated Washington Park on April 19, 1905 and won 3 league pennants here. The city’s first night game was played here in 1930, and the park closed at the end of 1931 season.
Erected 2011 by Indiana Historical Bureau and Society for American Baseball Research, Negro Leagues Research Committee. (Marker Number 49.2011.2.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Indiana State Historical Bureau Markers marker series.
Location. 39° 45.958′ N, 86° 10.921′ W. Marker is in Indianapolis, Indiana, in Marion County. Marker is on West Washington Street, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. McCormick Cabin Site (approx. half a mile away); Romanian Orthodox Church (approx. 0.7 miles away); Civil War Training Camp (approx. 0.7 miles away); Bulgarian Orthodox Church (approx. ¾ mile away); Isaac Blackford (approx. ¾ mile away); Macedonian Tribune (approx. 0.8 miles away); Camp Sullivan (Military Park) (approx. 0.9 miles away); Greek Orthodox Church (approx. 0.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Indianapolis.
Additional keywords. Negro Baseball Leagues
Categories. • Civil Rights • Sports •
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