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      Popular belief is that the first Black Barons team was an ACIPCO team that defected to create the professional franchise in the years following World War I.

In 1920, along with 7 other teams, the Black Barons became charter members of the Negro Southern League.

Three years later, the Black Barons became members of the Negro National League, which was the highest level of play in black baseball in the United States.

In 1939, the Black Barons were purchased by Tom Hayes, a Memphis undertaker. 

1963 was the Black Barons final season.


November 1947

    Owner Tom Hayes announces that "Piper" Davis will be the new Black Barons manager for the 1948 season replacing Tommy Sampson. Davis has been a player for the Black Barons since 1943.   
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Last Update: May 17, 2009