The New York Black Yankees were a professional Negro league baseball team based in New York City, Paterson, NJ, and Rochester, NY which played in the Negro National League from 1936 to 1948. The Black Yankees played in Paterson, New Jersey from 1933-1937 and then from 1939-1945. The 1938 season saw the Black Yankees trying their fate at New York's Triborough Stadium. Paterson's strong fan support returned the Black Yankees to Paterson's Hinchliffe Stadium.
The team was founded in Harlem by financier James "Soldier Boy" Semler and dancer Bill "Bojangles" Robinson.
The team's left fielder Fats Jenkins was chosen by fans to play in the East team for the first East-West All-Star Game in 1933. A succession of other players were sent to the big game in 1937–1942, 1947 and 1948.
Harry Williams(death date unknown) spent most of 1941, though, with the New York Black Yankees , hitting .333 and playing the outfield. He split 1942 between New York (.100) and Homestead, then hit .384 as the Black Yankees' third baseman in 1943. He was a bench player for New York in 1944 and coached for the East in the 1944 East-West Game. He ended up his playing career as a bench player for the New York Cubans in 1946. He returned to manage the Black Yankees in 1950.
Thomas “Big Train” Parker (death date unknown) played from 1931 to 1948 with several teams, playing mostly with the Homestead Grays. Dan Wilson (d 1986) played from 1931 to 1948 with several teams, playing mostly with the Homestead Grays. Tex Burnett (d 1962) was manager of the 1942 Black Yankees.
This original photo (6.5 x 8 inches) offers outstanding clarity and is in excellent condition. It has just some minor warping which is common to vintage working press photos. Markings on the reverse include some notations in pen and pencil, a stamp dated Aug 8 1942, another faded circular stamp, and a stamp that says “Engraving Destroyed”. This is an amazing picture with great clarity!! Super rare to find original Negro League photos from their golden era!