#Shortstops: Blues and Baseball
What they may not know is that Asheville was home to successful Negro League teams such as the Asheville Royal Giants, the Asheville Black Tourists and the Asheville Blues.
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They continued their winning ways, making playoffs that season but losing to the Raleigh Tigers four games to two.
After finishing third in 1949, the Negro American Association disbanded and the Blues became an independent team once again, playing into the middle to late 1950s. Organized Baseball was integrated by then and a number of former Blues players reached both the major and minor leagues, including Bill Greason, who played for the St. Louis Cardinals in 1954 and Jim Pendleton, who played for the Milwaukee Braves, Pittsburgh Pirates, Cincinnati Reds and Houston Colt .45s from 1953-1962.
Matthew Carter was the 2019 curatorial intern in the Hall of Fame’s Frank and Peggy Steele Internship Program for Youth Leadership Development