CONGRATULATIONS to the Houston Eagles for winning the USSSA Little League baseball world series. Let’s take a look into the start of this historical team. They are the first Black team from the inter city of Houston Texas to win the USSSA Little League World Series. I’m so proud of these young men and their hard work and the commitment of the coaches Julian Scott, Derrick Porter and Edward Guidry. Did you know the name Houston Eagles came from the negro league team from 1949-1950. The Newark Eagles were a professional Negro league baseball team that played in the second Negro National League from 1935. The Newark Eagles were formed in 1936 when the Newark Dodgers, established in 1933, were merged with the Brooklyn Eagles, established in 1935. Abe Manley and his wife Effa Manley, owners and founders of the Brooklyn Eagles, purchased the Newark Dodgers franchise and combined both teams’ assets and player rosters. Team management was left to Effa, making the Eagles the first professional team owned and operated by a woman. The Eagles shared Ruppert Stadium with the minor-league Newark Bears. The Eagles were to (Black) Newark what the Dodgers were to Brooklyn. In 1948, the Negro National League disbanded after Jackie Robinson’s successful integration of Major League Baseball a year earlier. The Eagles were sold and moved to Houston, Texas for the 1949 season. The Houston Eagles joined the Negro American League and lasted until 1950.
Under Effa Manley’s guidance, the 1946 team won the Negro League World Series, upsetting the Kansas City Monarchs in a 7-game series. The team folded after one year but the ghosts of that team rides with the kids.
These kids are special and it shows on the field, the love ,the heart and the desire to be great will continue to follow them as they continue to make history and represent the city of Houston and everyone who supports them. From parents to friends and the whole community of Acres Homes and Studewood this team was built with a dream and limited funds it was a vision that Derrick Porter, Rodrick Maxie and DeAndre Lewis brought to life. Go follow the Houston Eagles on Facebook and read the history of the team that was well written by Rodrick Maxie, this vision has turned success and a great opportunity for young men to grow and to learn to love the game of baseball like I did as a kid. So once again congratulations to the Eagles on this moment in history!
“The Champs Are Here”.
The sports corner with Jay the barber.