The Mobile Black Bears, also known as the Mobile Black Shippers, was a semi-professional baseball team composed entirely of African-American players. The team, which played during the mid-20th century, was based in Mobile, Alabama, and also went on barnstorming tours.[1]

Henry "Hank" Aaron played for the Mobile Black Bears in 1951 while he was still in high school. He was only allowed to play at home games and only on Sundays.[2] Hall-of-Famer Billy Williams had a brother who also played on this team.[3]


  1. ^ Baseball in Mobile (2003). Arcadia Publishing. p. 58.
  2. ^ Henry Aaron's Dream by Matt Tavares
  3. ^ "Hall of Famer Billy Williams remembers Hank Aaron". Retrieved 2021-01-24.