Originally, the team was composed of amateurs from the sandlots of the city’s Hill district. Later, they became one of the most dominating teams in the mid 30’s. They won the 1935 Negro National League championship with five future Hall of Famers: “Cool Papa” Bell, Oscar Charleston, Josh Gibson, Judy Johnson and the legendary Satchel Paige. In 1937, the team was dismantled by the raids of Dominican Republic dictator General Rafael Trujillo. The Crawfords played in the East-West League in 1932 and in the Negro National League from 1933-1938.
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