Buck Leonard, Homestead Grays rout Charlotte team

On this day in 1947: Before 1,500 fans at Charlotte’s Griffith Park, Buck Leonard has three hits to lead the Homestead Grays to a 17-0 exhibition victory over the hometown Charlotte Black Hornets.

First baseman Leonard began his career in 1925 with his hometown Rocky Mount Black Swans. He becomes best known for his 17 seasons with the Homestead (Pa.) Grays. The Grays are the New York Yankees of the Negro National League, and Leonard and teammate Josh Gibson are the league’s Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig.

In 1972, Leonard, despite having being barred from the major leagues by segregation, will be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame.


2 thoughts on “Buck Leonard, Homestead Grays rout Charlotte team”

  1. I love this article. Is there anything in the Carolina collection at the Wilson library about the Charlotte Black Hornets?

  2. Ms. Taylor-Perry,
    Unfortunately the North Carolina Collection lacks material specifically about the Charlotte Black Hornets. However, we DO have several books on Negro League baseball–http://go.unc.edu/q5WGe

    You might also want to check with the Center for Negro League Baseball Research. I don’t know anything about the organization. But it appears to have conducted interviews with many former players and includes a museum with Negro League-related artifacts.

    Good luck.


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