This List of Negro league baseball players who played in Major League Baseball is largely based on the research compiled by the Center for Negro League Baseball Research. The list includes those who played on major Negro league teams prior to integration (and any caliber Negro league team after integration) as well as in Major League Baseball. The list does not include Negro league players who only played in the minor leagues.

Pre-integration players

Major League Baseball was segregated from 1887 until 1946. The integration of Major League Baseball happened at the beginning of the 1947 MLB season when Jackie Robinson played his first game for the Brooklyn Dodgers. By the 1950s, enough black talent had integrated into the formerly "white" leagues (both major and minor) that the Negro leagues themselves had become a minor league circuit.

Below is a list of 52 players who played for major Negro league teams up to 1950 and eventually saw playing time for a Major League team. Of these, eight have been inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame and two of them (Greason and Mays) are still alive.

Key
Elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame
Player Negro league Team(s) Negro league Year(s) Major League Team(s) Major League Year(s) Notes
Jackie Robinson Kansas City Monarchs 1945 Brooklyn/LA Dodgers 1947–1956
Larry Doby Newark Eagles 1942–1944,1946–1947 Cleveland Indians
Chicago White Sox
Detroit Tigers
1947–1955,1958
1956–1957,1959
1959
Hank Thompson Kansas City Monarchs 1943,1946–1948 St. Louis Browns
New York Giants
1947
1949–1956
Willard Brown Kansas City Monarchs 1935–1944,1946–1949 St. Louis Browns 1947
Dan Bankhead Birmingham Black Barons
Memphis Red Sox
1940–1942,1944
1946–1947
Brooklyn Dodgers 1947,1950–1951
  • 3x NgL All-Star
  • Served in the US Marine Corp during WWII 1943–1945
Roy Campanella Wash/Balt Elite Giants 1937–1945 Brooklyn Dodgers 1948–1957
Satchel Paige Birmingham Black Barons
Cleveland Cubs
Pittsburgh Crawfords
St. Louis Stars
Newark Eagles
Kansas City Monarchs
1924–1955 Cleveland Indians
St. Louis Browns
Kansas City Athletics
1948–1949
1951–1953
1965
Minnie Minoso New York Cubans 1946–1948 Cleveland Indians
Chicago White Sox
St. Louis Cardinals
Washington Senators
1949,1951,1958–1959
1951–57,60–61,64,76,80
1962
1963
Don Newcombe Newark Eagles 1944–45 Brooklyn/LA Dodgers
Cincinnati Reds
Cleveland Indians
1949–1951,1954–1958
1958–1960
1960
  • 1949 NL RoY, 1956 ML Cy Young & NL MVP
  • 4x NL All-Star
  • Served in the US Navy during WWII 1943
  • Served in the US Army during Korean War 1952–1953
Monte Irvin Newark Eagles 1937–1942,1945–1949 New York Giants
Chicago Cubs
1949–1955
1956
  • Elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame
  • 1x NL All-Star, 4x NgL All-Star
  • Served in the US Army during WWII 1943–1945
Luke Easter Homestead Grays 1947–1948 Cleveland Indians 1949–1954
  • 1948 NgL All-Star
  • Served in the US Army during WWII 1942–1943
Sam Jethroe Indianapolis ABCs
Cin/Cleveland Buckeyes
1938
1942–1948
Boston Braves
Pittsburgh Pirates
1950–1952
1954
Luis Marquez New York Black Yankees
Baltimore Elite Giants
Homestead Grays
1945
1946
1946–1948
Boston Braves
Chicago Cubs
Pittsburgh Pirates
1951
1954
1954
  • 2x NgL All-Star
Ray Noble New York Cubans 1945–1950 New York Giants 1951–1953
Artie Wilson Birmingham Black Barons 1944–1948 New York Giants 1951
  • 4x NgL All-Star
Harry Simpson Philadelphia Stars 1946–1948 Cleveland Indians
Kansas City Athletics
New York Yankees
Chicago White Sox
Pittsburgh Pirates
1951–1953,1955
1955–1957,1958–1959
1957–1958
1959
1959
  • 1x AL All-Star
  • Served in the US Army during WWII 1941–1945
Willie Mays Birmingham Black Barons 1948–1950 NY/SF Giants
New York Mets
1951–1952,1954–1972
1972–1973
  • Elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame
  • 1951 NL RoY, 2x NL MVP
  • 24x NL All-Star
  • Served in the US Army during Korean War 1952–1953
Sam Hairston Birmingham Black Barons
Cin-Ind/Indianapolis Clowns
1944
1945–1950
Chicago White Sox 1951
  • 1x NgL All-Star
Bob Boyd Memphis Red Sox 1946–1950 Chicago White Sox
Baltimore Orioles
Kansas City Athletics
Milwaukee Braves
1951,1953–1954
1956–1960
1961
1961
  • 3x NgL All-Star
  • Served in the US Army during WWII 1944–1946
Sam Jones Cleveland Buckeyes 1947–1948 Cleveland Indians
Chicago Cubs
St. Louis Cardinals
San Francisco Giants
Detroit Tigers
Baltimore Orioles
1951–1952
1955–1956
1957–1958,1963
1959–1961
1962
1964
  • 2x NL All-Star
  • Served in the US Army during WWII 1943–1947
Hector Rodriguez New York Cubans 1944 Chicago White Sox 1952
George Crowe New York Black Yankees
New York Cubans
1947–1948
1948–1949
Boston/Mil Braves
Cincinnati Reds
St. Louis Cardinals
1952–1953,1955
1956–1958
1959–1961
  • 1x NL All-Star, 1x NgL All-Star
  • Served in the US Army during WWII 1944–1946
Buzz Clarkson Pit/Tol/Tol-Ind Crawfords
Newark Eagles
Philadelphia Stars
1938–1940
1940
1942,1946,1949
Boston Braves 1952
  • 2x NgL All-Star
  • Served in the US Army during WWII 1943–1945
Quincy Trouppe St. Louis Stars
Detroit Wolves
Homestead Grays
Kansas City Monarchs
Chicago American Giants
Indianapolis ABC's
Cleveland Buckeyes
New York Cubans
1930–1931,1939
1932
1932
1932,1934–1936
1933,1935,1948
1938–1939
1944–1947
1949
Cleveland Indians 1952
  • 5x NgL All-Star
Joe Black Baltimore Elite Giants 1943,1946–1950 Brooklyn Dodgers
Cincinnati Reds
Washington Senators
1952–1955
1955–1956
1957
  • 1952 NL RoY
  • 3x NgL All-Star
  • Served in the US Army during WWII 1943–1945
Dave Pope Homestead Grays 1946,1948 Cleveland Indians
Baltimore Orioles
1952,1954–1955,1956
1955–1956
  • Served in the US Army during WWII 1943–1946
Sandy Amoros New York Cubans 1950 Brooklyn/LA Dodgers
Detroit Tigers
1952,1954–1957,1959–1960
1960
Junior Gilliam Baltimore Elite Giants 1946–1950 Brooklyn/LA Dodgers 1953–1966
  • 1953 NL RoY
  • 2x NL All-Star, 3x NgL All-Star
Connie Johnson Atlanta Black Crackers
Toledo-Ind Crawfords
Kansas City Monarchs
1940
1940
1940–1942,1946–1950
Chicago White Sox
Baltimore Orioles
1953,1955–1956
1956–1958
  • 2x NgL All-Star
  • Served in the US Army during WWII 1943–1945
Jim Pendleton Chicago American Giants 1948 Milwaukee Braves
Pittsburgh Pirates
Cincinnati Reds
Houston Colt .45's
1953–1956
1957–1958
1959
1962
Dave Hoskins Cincinnati Clowns
Chicago American Giants
Homestead Grays
Louisville Buckeyes
1942
1943
1944–1946
1949
Cleveland Indians 1953–1954
  • 1x NgL All-Star
Al Smith Cleveland Buckeyes 1946–1948 Cleveland Indians
Chicago White Sox
Baltimore Orioles
Boston Red Sox
1953–1957, 1964
1958–1962
1963
1964
  • 3x AL All-Star
Bob Trice Homestead Grays 1948 Phil/KC Athletics 1953–1955
Ernie Banks Kansas City Monarchs 1950,1953 Chicago Cubs 1953–1971
Gene Baker Kansas City Monarchs 1948–1950 Chicago Cubs
Pittsburgh Pirates
1953–1957
1957–1958,1960-961
  • 1x NL All-Star
  • Served in the US Navy during WWII 1943–1946
Curt Roberts Kansas City Monarchs 1947–1948 Pittsburgh Pirates 1954–1956
Chuck Harmon[note 1] Indianapolis Clowns 1947 Cincinnati Reds
St. Louis Cardinals
Philadelphia Phillies
1954–1956
1956–1957
1957
Jose Santiago New York Cubans 1947–1948 Cleveland Indians
Kansas City Athletics
1954–1955
1956
Charlie White Philadelphia Stars 1950 Milwaukee Braves 1954–1955
  • 1x NgL All-Star
Jay Heard Birmingham Black Barons
Memphis Red Sox
Houston/NO Eagles
1945–1949
1949
1949–1951
Baltimore Orioles 1954
  • 1x NgL All-Star
Bill Greason Birmingham Black Barons 1948–1951 St. Louis Cardinals 1954
  • 1x NgL All-Star
Elston Howard Kansas City Monarchs 1948–1950 New York Yankees
Boston Red Sox
1955–1967
1967–1968
Bob Thurman Homestead Grays
Kansas City Monarchs
1946–1948
1949
Cincinnati Reds 1955–1959
  • Served in the US Army during WWII 1942–1945
Roberto Vargas Chicago American Giants 1948 Milwaukee Braves 1955
  • 1x NgL All-Star
Lino Donoso New York Cubans 1947 Pittsburgh Pirates 1955–1956
Milt Smith Philadelphia Stars
Kansas City Monarchs
1949,1950–1951
1950
Cincinnati Reds 1955
  • 1x NgL All-Star
Webbo Clarke Cleveland Buckeyes
Memphis Red Sox
1946–1948
1950
Washington Senators 1955
  • 5x NgL All-Star
Pat Scantlebury New York Cubans 1944–1950,1955 Cincinnati Reds 1956
  • 3x NgL All-Star
Charlie Peete[note 2] Indianapolis Clowns 1950 St. Louis Cardinals 1956
  • Served in the US Army during Korean War 1952–1953
Joe Caffie Cleveland Buckeyes 1950 Cleveland Indians 1956–1957
Frank Barnes Kansas City Monarchs 1949–1950 St. Louis Cardinals 1957–1958,1960
Bob Wilson Newark/Houston Eagles 1947–1949 Los Angeles Dodgers 1958
  • 1x NgL All-Star
Notes
  1. ^ Chuck Harmon played under alias of Charlie Fine for the Clowns so as not to violate his college basketball eligibility.
  2. ^ Charlie Peete and his family died in a plane crash in 1957 when he was 27.

Post-integration players

An additional 35 or so players played on a Negro league team after 1950. A select few were All-Stars and one (Aaron) was inducted into the Hall of Fame.

See also

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