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Fresno Cubs Baseball Team c. 1914

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The Fresno Cubs, photographed at the Fink-Smith Playground, circa 1914, were the first all-black amateur baseball team in Fresno. The diverse population in the San Joaquin Valley contributed to tremendous competition on the baseball field. The Fresno Athletic Club (FAC) and All-Stars competed against international teams in Hawaii, Japan, Korea, and China as well as Minor League, Negro League, and local teams such as the Cubs—the first all African-American semiprofessional baseball team in Fresno. The May 4, 1935 issue of Fresno Bee describes the “Colored Cubs” playing against the FAC at the Japanese Ballpark. The Cubs also played against the Merced Aztecs as well as other Mexican and semipro teams throughout the Valley.

Front row (left to right): Unidentified, Frank Robinson, and Earl Jones. Second row: Joe Holmes, unidentified, Percy Bost, Clarence Watkins, unidentfied. Third Row: Happy Seixas, unidentified, and Carlton Bigby.