Negro Leagues Centennial
1908 Negro League Baseball Season Roster
- Western front: Rube Foster and Chicago seize power from Eastern elites
- Dynamic Duo: Foster (31-6, 1.57), Walter Ball (29-11) dominate for Chicago
- Futures Game: Young Pop Lloyd and Pete Hill, three other future Hall of Famers star
To celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Negro Leagues, 10% of our sales of Negro Leagues products in 2020 will be donated to the Negro League Baseball Museum
Like the Major Leagues, 1908 was a dead-ball pitcher’s dream for the early-stage Negro Leagues, but in stats calculated as Major-League equivalencies to a 150-game season, 24-year-old Pop Lloyd of Philadelphia (league-leading .342, league-leading 29 doubles, 14 triples, .888 OPS) and 25-year-old Pete Hill of Chicago (.340; league leading 16 triples, 8 homers, and .888 OPS) were undeterred.
Otherwise, pitchers dominated. Only future Hall of Famer Smokey Joe Williams (1.45 ERA) and New York’s Steel Arm Taylor (1.48) and Brooklyn’s duo of Charles Earle (28-10) and his Brooklyn teammate Goat Head Buckner (25-16) could rival Chicago’s vaunted 1-2 punch of Rube Foster and Walter Ball.
Gamers familiar with Strat-O-Matic’s Negro League Stars set will recognize 10 players from that set, including Hall of Famers Rube Foster, Pete Hill, Pop Lloyd, Jose Mendez and Smokey
Requires Strat-O-Matic Baseball 2016 or higher to play
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