Daniel Joy Dubisson, born September 28th, 1872 in Franklin, TN,1 2 was a Negro baseball executive. He was the part owner of the Little Rock Grays and the sponsor of the Dubisson Tigers.
Dubisson was the son of John Dubison and Elizabeth (nee Johnson) Dubison.3 John was a former slave, a carpenter and a soldier in the Union Army during the Civil War.4 Daniel Dubisson grew up in Franklin, TN, but later moved to Little Rock, AR, where he became a mortician and the proprietor of a funeral home in 1915.5
In 1932, Dubisson became a part owner of the Little Rock Grays, a baseball team in the Negro Southern League.6 In 1933, he began his own semi-pro Negro team known as the Dubisson Tigers. The team was sponsored by Dubisson's funeral home and played regional competition, including Claybrook Tigers, St. Louis Stars, New Orleans Black Pelicans and Shreveport Tigers. The Tigers operated until 1941 before being broken up by World War I. After the war, the team essentially became the C and C Hotel Stars in 1947.
Dubisson died July, 10th, 1952 in Little Rock, AR and was buried in Haven of Rest Cemetery.7 8 9
1 Arkansas State Press, 7/28/1952
3 1880 U.S. Census
4 John Dubison's Obituary in the Nashville Globe, 7/30/1909, accessed in "John Dubuisson Sr 1825–1909 / US Colored Troop Veteran - 100th US Colored Infantry" by Tina Cahalan Jones.
5 Arkansas State Press, 7/28/1952
6 Chicago Defender, 3/19/1932, p.9
7 Arkansas State Press, 7/28/1952