Indianapolis Clowns Negro League Baseball Crew Neck Sweatshirt in Gristle Black
Indianapolis Clowns NL Baseball Crew Neck Sweatshirt in Gristle Black.
The Indianapolis Clowns were a professional all-black baseball team in the ’American League’ active between 1930-1962. The Clowns were founded in 1935 in Miami, Florida by Hunter Campbell and Johnny Pierce as the Miami Giants, however quickly changed its name to the Ethiopian Clowns. Sid Pollock promoted and popularised the Clowns, developing them into a nationally-known combination of show business and baseball, earning them the designation as the “Harlem Globetrotters of baseball”. The Clowns were the first professional baseball team to hire a female player to a long-term contract that was not voided in Toni Stone who was signed to replace Hank Aaron. They went on to sign two more females in Mamie “Peanut” Johnson and Connie Morgan. In their 30 year tenure, the Clowns fielded stars such as Hank Aaron, “Goose” Tatum (who would later become a Harlem Globetrotter), and future Major Leaguers like Hal King and Choo-Choo Coleman.
The sweatshirt is in immaculate condition, with no signs of wear. It is 50% cotton and 50% polyester heavyweight fabric, with a fleece back interior. It features a small vintage Indianapolis Clowns patch on the left breast. The size is Medium but measurements are as follows:
Pit to Pit: 22”
Sleeve Length: 21”