Negro Southern League Museum

Negro Southern League Museum

The mission of the Negro Southern League Museum is to present the history of African-American baseball in an unsurpassed manner by maintaining a world-class facility that recognizes the League’s impact on Birmingham, Alabama and the world of professional baseball.

Welcome to the Negro Southern League Museum, the Birmingham history museum dedicated to all that is African American baseball. Sporting memorabilia, an onsite research center, and TONS of amazing athlete stories await your group here!

The Negro Southern League was created in 1920 by several various local businessmen and baseball fans and ran strong until about 1951. The league acted as a highly productive 'feeder route for many great black baseball players to go on to the Negro American League and Negro National League'. Some of the Hall of Fame members that the league sent on to the majors include Willie Mays, Leroy “Satchel” Paige, Hilton Smith, Norman “Turkey” Stearnes, and George “Mule” Suttles.

The initial lineup of the total eight teams in the league was the Atlanta Black Crackers, Birmingham Black Barons, Jacksonville Stars, Knoxville Giants, Montgomery Grey Sox, Nashville White Sox, New Orleans Caulfield Ads, Pensacola Giants.

Here's a little bit of what you will see inside the museum, the entire collection of original Negro League artifacts considered to be the largest in the country:

  • Bullet Joe Rogan's Pitching Jacket
  • McCallister Trophy
  • Louis Santop's bat 'Big Bertha'
  • Satchel Paige and Willie Wells' uniforms
  • 1500 original single signed baseballs