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Negro Southern League

Negro Southern League
Sport Baseball
Founded 1920 (see Note)
No. of teams 7[1] (in 1932)
Country United States
Ceased 1940s
Last champion(s) Chicago American Giants (1932)
1932 is considered the only year of "major league" status

The Negro Southern League, also referred to as the Southern Negro League, was a 1920.[4]

For most of its existence, the NSL was considered a minor league. However in East-West League folded in mid-summer. With the creation of the second Negro National League the following year, the NSL slipped back into being regarded as having minor league status. Many of the teams left the league in later years, seeking the brighter pastures of the Negro American League.



The eight franchises listed below competed in what many consider the first "minor league" season in 1920. Knoxville easily finished in first place that inaugural season.[6]

The following season, Nashville swept a four-game championship series from Montgomery,[8] and Memphis won the 1922 season.[9]

Seven franchises competed in the league in 1932, the sole season the Negro Southern League was considered a major Negro league:

During the other years of existence, the league operated as a minor Negro league producing talent for other Negro league teams; some of those teams include:


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  7. ^ "Negro Fans to Have Own Brand of Ball" New Orleans States, New Orleans, Louisiana, Monday, April 19, 1920, Page 16, Column 5
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