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Who were the Memphis Red Sox? | Remembering the history of Memphis' Negro League baseball team

Despite being known for basketball, Memphis has a storied history in baseball. Included in that history are the Memphis Red Sox, a Black, family-owned team.

Ben Sawyers

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Published: 3:31 PM CDT October 17, 2022
Updated: 1:33 PM CST February 27, 2023

Many of us Memphians have enjoyed a day at AutoZone Park. Whether we grew up going to see future major leaguers or just went for some peanuts and Cracker Jacks, Redbirds baseball has been a staple of downtown for decades. Memphis isn’t nationally renowned for its baseball, but for over a century, the city has played host to multiple professional baseball teams. 

One of the most historically significant is the Memphis Red Sox. The Red Sox were Memphis' Black-owned Negro League baseball team.

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