Cincinnati Tigers
LocationCincinnati, Ohio

The Cincinnati Tigers were a professional Negro league baseball team that was based in Cincinnati, Ohio.


The club was founded in 1934 by DeHart Hubbard, who was the first African American to win an individual Olympic gold medal when he won the long jump during the 1924 Summer Olympics. Dizzy Dismukes was named as the club's first manager as they entered the integrated Indiana-Ohio League.[1] In addition, Carl Glass also served time as the club's manager during their first season.[2]

Negro Southern League

In addition to membership in the Indiana-Ohio League, the Tigers were also members of the Negro Southern League, though by the second half of the season, they disappeared from the standings.[2] After a brief hiatus, the Tigers rejoined the NSL again in 1936, credited with a 3-0 record in league play but reporting significantly less games than the rest of the league.[2]

Negro American League

The Tigers joined the new Negro American League as charter members in 1937, which elevated the club to major league status. In its lone season as a major league team, the Tigers finished the season second in the league's overall standings. Five Tigers players were named to the West team in the East-West All-Star game, including Ted Radcliffe, Porter Moss, Ducky Davenport, Porter Moss, and Rainey Bibbs.[3]

During their run, the Cincinnati Reds furnished the Tigers with their older uniforms and, like the Reds, the team played at Crosley Field. The club folded after the 1937 season.[4]

Notable players

See also

Category:Cincinnati Tigers (baseball) players


  1. ^ "Colored Team Added to I-O League Roster". Palladium-Item. June 6, 1934.
  2. ^ a b c Plott, William J. (2015). The Negro southern league : a baseball history, 1920-1951. Jefferson, North Carolina. ISBN 978-0-7864-7544-5. OCLC 907976278.((cite book)): CS1 maint: location missing publisher (link)
  3. ^ "1937 West All Stars - Seamheads Negro Leagues Database". Retrieved 2022-07-19.
  4. ^ Holway, John (2001). The complete book of baseball's Negro leagues : the other half of baseball history. Buck O'Neil, Lloyd Johnson, Rachel Borst. Fern Park, FL: Hastings House Publishers. ISBN 0-8038-2007-0. OCLC 47175621.