The New Orleans Creoles were a Negro league baseball team based in New Orleans, Louisiana, from at least 1945 until at least 1952. The team was a member of the second Negro Southern League from 1947 to 1948 and 1950 to 1951, and a member of the Negro Texas League for the 1949 season.[1][2] They played at Pelican Stadium and were known for hiring women players and coaches.[1][2] Second baseman Toni Stone—the first of three women to play professional baseball full-time in the previously all-male Negro leagues—played for the Creoles from 1949 to 1952, prior to her time on the Kansas City Monarchs.[1][2]

New Orleans Creoles
LocationNew Orleans, Louisiana
BallparkPelican Stadium

History edit

The New Orleans Creoles were owned and promoted by Allan Page (or Allen Page).[1][3][4] The team was managed by Wesley Barrow during the 1949 and 1950 seasons.[1] Baseball historian Larry Lester has referred to the New Orleans Creoles as "a very good semi-pro team."[1] It played exhibition games against teams from the Negro American League, including the Kansas City Monarchs.[1]

The Creoles were known for hiring women players and coaches.[3] Georgia Williams pitched for the team in 1945.[3] Lucille Bland of Dillard University served as the team's third base coach in 1947.[2][3] Toni Stone was hired as a second baseman in 1949.[1][3] Fabiola Wilson of Xavier University of Louisiana and Gloria Dymond (also known as Lucille Gloria Dymond) of Southern University are listed as outfielders on the team's 1948–1949 roster.[2][3]

Notable male Creoles players include Milt Smith and Gene Bremer, who played on the team for the 1948 and 1949 seasons, respectively.[5][6]

References edit

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h Cuicchi, Richard (6 February 2022). "Black History Month: Female Negro League trailblazer Toni Stone played for New Orleans Creoles". Crescent City Sports. Retrieved 9 February 2022.
  2. ^ a b c d e Henderson, Olivia (13 February 2019). "Black women throw curveball in New Orleans baseball". The Tulane Hullabaloo. Retrieved 9 February 2022.
  3. ^ a b c d e f Heaphy, Leslie. "Women in the Negro Leagues". Baseball Reference. Retrieved 9 February 2022.
  4. ^ Whirty, Ryan (1 May 2012). "Diamonds in the Rough: Before Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier, "the Negro Leagues" were the only games in town for black ballplayers". Retrieved 9 February 2022.
  5. ^ "Rigby, Charles B. - R-S 2018-04" (PDF). Center for Negro League Baseball Research. pp. 360–361. Retrieved 10 February 2022.
  6. ^ "Girl Star Featured on Negro Squad at League Park Sunday". Cleveland Call and Post. June 25, 1949 – via Proquest.