Octavius Catto is a Forgotten Hero
In 1866, Philadelphia's first African-American team, the Excelsior Base Ball Club, formed, and they called this team the Pythian Baseball Club. Octavius Catto served as field captain and manager of the Pythians.
The Pythians proved themselves against other African American clubs, and sought to play white clubs as well. They were faced with many barriers and ultimately barred from playing.
Catto and the Pythians would persevere, and in 1869 the Pythians would square off against the white Olympics club in the first ever match-up between Black and White baseball teams. Despite coming up short against the Olympics, they proved to be more than a worthy opponent. The Pythians would later compete against other white clubs, again proving themselves to be worthy.