Cum Posey of the Homestead Grays

A Biography of the Negro Leagues Owner and Hall of Famer


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About the Book

Cumberland Posey began his career in 1911 playing outfield for the Homestead Grays, a local black team in his Pennsylvania hometown. He soon became the squad’s driving force as they dominated semi-pro ball in the Pittsburgh area. By the late 1930s the Grays were at the top of the Negro Leagues with nine straight pennant wins.
Posey was also a League officer; he served 13 years as the first black member of the Homestead school board; and he wrote an outspoken sports column for the African American weekly, the Pittsburgh Courier.
He was also regarded as one of the best black basketball players in the East; he was the organizer of a team that held the consensus national black championship five years running. Ten years after his induction into the National Baseball Hall of Fame, he became a member of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame—one of only two athletes to be honored by two pro sports halls.

About the Author(s)

SABR member, James E. Overmyer writes and lectures on baseball history, primarily African-American. He lives in Tucson, Arizona.

Bibliographic Details

James E. Overmyer
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Pages: 285
Bibliographic Info: 28 photos, notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2020
pISBN: 978-1-4766-6394-4
eISBN: 978-1-4766-3484-5
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Preface 1
One. A Son of Old Pittsburgh, with a New Idea 5
Two. Shooting Baskets, Throwing Elbows, Winning It All 30
Three. “McGraw of the Sandlots” 62
Four. Posey: “Fans Love a Winner” 81
Five. Superb Teams, but a Failed League 105
Six. Who Owns Pittsburgh? 138
Seven. Posey in Homestead 167
Eight. The Championship Years 183
Nine. Executive Decisions 211
Ten. “Baseball Has Lost Its Greatest Name—Cum Posey!” 234
Chapter Notes 251
Bibliography 267
Index 271