Their nickname is pronounced ‘EE-light’ with a Southern twinge. They migrated from Nashville to Columbus, Ohio to Washington, D.C. and finally Baltimore. They won the Negro National League title in 1939 and 1949. The Elite Giants gave Joe Black, Junior Gilliam and Hall of Fame catcher Roy Campanella their initial exposure to professional baseball before becoming Bums with the Brooklyn Dodgers. The Elite Giants played in the Negro National League from 1938-1948 and the Negro American League from 1949-1951.
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