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 Homestead Grays were the powerhouse of the Negro National League. During the 1930’s and 40’s, the Grays fielded lineups that contained 12 future Hall of Famers including Josh Gibson, Buck Leonard, Cool Papa Bell, Ray Brown and Jud Wilson. The Grays were in such high demand that they split their home games between Pittsburgh’s Forbes Field and Washington’s Griffith Stadium when they weren’t barnstorming throughout the Eastern and Midwestern states.
From 1931 through 1948 the Grays claimed 11 league titles and 3 Negro World Series Championships, cementing their reputation as Blackball’s greatest dynasty.
Officially Licensed by the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum, Kansas City, Mo.