Mountain Athletic Club, Fleischmanns, New York, August 10, 1903 – Cuban Giants fall to Mountain AC 3-1 in the Catskills

Mountain Athletic Club, Fleischmanns, New York, August 10, 1903 – Cuban Giants fall to Mountain AC 3-1 in the Catskills

The historic Negro League team the Cuban Giants traveled to the Catskills to take on the Mountain Athletic Club, also know as the Mountain Tourists. The Cubans featured second baseman Bill Galloway who was the last African-American to play in an integrated professional league (for Woodstock of the Canadian League in 1899) until Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier in the Major Leagues in 1946. The Cuban Giants would lose 3-1 to the Mountain AC as the scorecard below shows.

Scorecard of game between Cuban Giants and Mountain AC

The field they played on was built by brothers Julius and Max Fleischmann, natives of Cincinnati who moved to upstate New York in 1883 to escape the brutal Midwest summers and now miss watching the game of baseball, decided to bring the game to their new home in the Catskills. They built a modest ballgrounds and fielded a team of professional ringers, with many using fake names to protect their amateur eligibility.

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