Cuban Giants: First African American professional baseball team founded on Long Island
Long Island is known for many things, but many don't know it is the
home of America's first
Black baseball team.
The players on the Cuban Giants were waiters, bellhops,
and porters who worked at the Argyle Hotel in Babylon during the summer.
While the players weren't from Babylon, the town gets credit for giving the
country its first Black professional baseball team.
“We are very proud that the
name Cuban Giants, and Babylon basically appears on
the first page of every book about Black baseball,” says Town of Babylon
Historian Mary Cascone.
The Cuban Giants weren't just a side show, they were good and they also played
white teams, which was almost unheard of at the time.
Argyle Park there is a plaque on a small rock, behind home plate, that marks
the birthplace of the first African American professional
It serves as a reference point for the Black men who played baseball on Long
Island more than 100 years ago and made history.
The Cuban Giants are the first historic recognition
inductee into the Suffolk Sports Hall of Fame.