Cleveland Buckeyes

1945 Cleveland Buckeyes
Negro League Champs

The Cleveland Buckeyes were a Negro league baseball team that played from 1942 to 1950 in the Negro American League.

The Buckeyes were established in 1942 as the Buckeyes Baseball Club. They were established initially in Cincinnati, Ohio, scheduling seven league games in Cincinnati and nine in Cleveland, plus another five in Meadeville, Pennsylvania. The following season, owner Ernest White made Cleveland the team’s home city, where they played their games at League Park.

Cleveland Buckeyes at Leagure Park

While in Cleveland, the team achieved great success. The Buckeyes played in two Negro World Series, defeating the Washington Homestead Grays in 1945, and losing to the New York Cubans in 1947.


They are remembered at the
Baseball Heritage Museum
located inside historic League Park
6601 Lexington Ave.
Cleveland, Ohio 44103
Phone: 216-789-1083