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Lion Tamers (Newport, KY, baseball team)

The Lion Tamers baseball team, of Newport, KY, were the champions of the Northern Kentucky Semi-pro Negro Baseball League, and the team was in high demand. In August 1936, the team was matched in an exhibition game against the J C Penny's Baseball Club in Lindenwald, OH, on Kellogg Field. The Lion Tamers were considered a very good team, so several new players had been added to the Penny's team to help give them a better chance at winning.

For more see "Penny's meet Colored team at Lindenwald," Hamilton Daily News Journal, 8/27/1936, p. 12.


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