Negro League Baseball was organized in February 1920 in Kansas City and included teams mostly in the Midwest like the Dayton Marcos and Cincinnati Cuban Stars. One could find black and white baseball teams playing each other in small towns across the country, but the major leagues were segregated until 1945. Up until then, Kenesaw Mountain Landis was the commissioner of baseball, and he opposed integration.
This one-hour special shares memories of the women whose husbands were affiliated with the Cincinnati Reds during the 1950’s. These wives include Jo McMillan, Eleanor Kluszewski, Joyce Bell-Dolle, Priscilla Stowe, and Betty Hoyt. Jo McMillan talks about driving with her kids around the country to watch her husband Roy McMillan play ball. You’ll also hear memories of Crosley Field and what life was like for baseball families outside the ballpark. Hosted by Howard Wilkinson and produced by Lee Hay.