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Follow an African American baseball team on a tour through Wisconsin in 1923

More than a game: Gilkerson's Union Giants


The Peters Chicago Union Giants, an African American baseball team, was founded around 1908. Sold to former player Robert P. Gilkerson in 1917, the Union Giants toured Wisconsin and the upper Midwest every summer, playing local teams in small towns. The Gilkerson Union Giants were one of the best and most famous African American teams in the region and they caused a sensation wherever they played. These articles trace their path through Wisconsin in 1923.

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Related Topics: Wisconsin's Response to 20th-century change
The Rise of Professional Sports
Creator: Various
Pub Data: Wisconsin Stories. Wisconsin Public Television.
Citation: "More than a game: Gilkerson's Union Giants." Wisconsin Stories. Wisconsin Public Television. Online facsimile at:  http://wpt.org/wisconsinStories/2002season/sports/outreach.cfm; Visited on: 4/20/2014
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