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Spring 2020


Baseball has been in San Antonio since the 19th century, with the San Antonio Bronchos being the first team in any sport to bring the city a title in 1897. African Americans have been playing baseball for as long as there has been a sport of baseball. In 1908, the city’s first black baseball team, the Black Bronchos, won another championship for the city. After the foundation was laid for African American baseball leagues by the Black Bronchos, the Black Aces made their first and only appearance in San Antonio in 1919. Through immense struggles and pressures due to Jim Crow laws and the aftermath of the Great War, a bright light during dark times was given to the San Antonio community. The San Antonio Black Aces brought a Texas Negro Baseball League championship to the city in the only year the team was in existence.