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Lexington Hustlers Baseball Team

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The Negro League Baseball team, Lexington Hustlers, was formed in 1947. But prior to that, there was an earlier Lexington Hustlers baseball team since at least 1911 when the officers were Harvey Rhodes, president; William Madison, secretary; Samford Turner, manager; and Henry Jones, field manager [source: "Colored Notes," Leader, 02/26/1911, p.6]. Newspaper articles about the older team can be found in the Leader from 1911-1950s. Shelby Lee Moxley was a pitcher on the older team and a coach for the newer team. The newer team played against other Negro League teams that had such players as Hank Aaron, Satchel Paige, and Josh Gibson. Coach John W. "Scoop" Brown added player Bobby Flynn to the team in 1947; Flynn was white but had been rejected by the white teams because he was small. By 1949, white players made up one third of the Lexington Hustlers, the first integrated baseball team in the South. The team integrated the same year that Jackie Robinson integrated Major League Baseball. Bobby Flynn would later become a Kentucky Senator, and he is the father of former Major League Baseball player Doug Flynn. For more see "Hustlers Tip Caps to Past," Lexington Herald-Leader, June 17, 2010, pp. A1-A2.


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NKAA Entry: Brown, John W. "Scoop"
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NKAA Source: Lexington leader (newspaper)
NKAA Source: Lexington herald-leader (newspaper)

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