This collection celebrates the NNL - Negro National League which played from 1920-1931, and the great teams and Stadiums of the era.
From Gary Cieradkowski (the artist): IF YOU’RE ANYTHING LIKE ME, then you are very discerning about the graphics on the t-shirts you wear. With that in mind, I am proud to have teamed up with Teambrown Apparel to produce a line of t-shirts paying homage to the great Negro League teams of the 1930’s and 40’s.
Using the iconic graphic style of the pre-World War II era, I created a different design for each of the six Negro National League teams.The Elite Giants were the NNL’s nomadic club, having started in Nashville before moving to Columbus, Ohio and Washington, D.C. in search of a home.
Finally, in 1938 the Elites (pronounced “EEE-Lites”) found a grateful home audience in Charm City and remained a fixture of Black Baltimore until the early 1950’s. Besides fielding veteran Blackballers like Wild Bill Wright, Pullman Porter, Sammy T. Hughes and spitballer Bill Byrd, the Elite Giants were the training ground for Roy Campanella, Junior Gilliam and Joe Black.
Officially Licensed by the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum, Kansas City, Mo.