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Dubisson Tigers

The Dubisson Tigers, September 11th, 1936. Courtesy of the Mosaic Templars Cultural Center.
The Dubisson Tigers, September 11th, 1936. Courtesy of the Mosaic Templars Cultural Center.


The Dubisson Tigers, occasionally referred to as the Little Rock Black Tigers, were an all-black semi-pro baseball team based in Little Rock, AR from about 1933-1942. Home games were played at Crump Park.

History

The Dubisson Tigers were sponsored by wealthy Little Rock mortician Daniel Dubisson. The team first appeared in 1933 and played home games at Crump Park in Little Rock's segregated South End community.

The Tigers were likely broken up by World War II, but returned in 1947 under a new name, the C and C Hotel Stars.

Schedule/Results

The following is a partial record of games played by the Tigers:

DateLocationOpponentW-LRRANotes
6/25/1933Crump Park, Little Rock, ARMerchants Transfers 1
6/25/1933Crump Park, Little Rock, ARMerchants Transfers 2
7/9/1933Crump Park, Little Rock, ARNorth Little Rock (AR) A's 3
7/12/1933Crump Park, Little Rock, ARNorth Little Rock (AR) A's 4
7/23/1933Claybrook, ARClaybrook Tigers (Claybrook, AR)W655
8/?/1933Little Rock, ARForrest City Red CapsW546
8/?/1933Little Rock, ARForrest City Red CapsW107
8/20/1933Crump Park, Little Rock, ARLittle Rock Stars 8
8/20/1933Crump Park, Little Rock, ARLittle Rock Stars 9
8/27/1933Crump Park, Little Rock, ARLittle Rock StarsW5310
8/27/1933Crump Park, Little Rock, ARLittle Rock StarsW4211
9/17/1933Claybrook Field, Claybrook, ARClaybrook Tigers (Claybrook, AR)L4812
9/23/1933Travelers Field, Little Rock, AR 13
10/1/1933Crump Park, Little Rock, ARMerchants TransfersW9014 , 15
6/17/1934Pine Bluff, ARMissouri Pacific Boosters (Pine Bluff, AR)W7416
6/21/1934Crump Park, Little Rock, ARMerchants Transfers 17
6/24/1934Claybrook, ARClaybrook Tigers (Claybrook, AR) 18
7/4/1934Omaha, NECudahy Rex (Omaha, NE)W6519 , 20
7/4/1934Omaha, NECudahy Rex (Omaha, NE)W4321 , 22
8/5/1934Pine Bluff, ARMissouri Pacific Boosters (Pine Bluff, AR)W3123
8/11/1934 College Station (Little Rock, AR)W11424
8/12/1934Jones Park, Little Rock, ARMerchants Transfers 25
9/9/1934Jones Park, Little Rock, ARMerchants Transfers 26
9/22/1934Crump Park, Little Rock, ARMerchants Transfers 27
9/23/1934Pine Bluff, ARMissouri Pacific Boosters (Pine Bluff, AR) 28
4/28/1935Jones Park, Little Rock, ARTuxedo Nine (Little Rock, AR) 29
8/4/1935Camden, ARSouthern Kraftsmen (Camden, AR) 30
8/11/1935Crump Park, Little Rock, ARGoldman Hotel Browns (Fort Smith, AR)W1031
9/29/1935Crump Park, Little Rock, ARLittle Rock (AR) CardinalsL3832
4/12/1936Crump Park, Little Rock, AREudora StarsW 33 , 34
4/26/1936Crump Park, Little Rock, ARRussellville (AR) Stars 35
5/22/1936 Claybrook TigersL1436
6/14/1936Crump Park, Little Rock, ARMissouri Pacific Boosters (Pine Bluff, AR) 37
6/?/1936 Atchison (KS) 38 , 39
6/21/1936Texarkana, AR 40
6/28/1936Crump Park, Little Rock, ARGoldman Hotel Grays (Fort Smith, AR)W 41 , 42
6/28/1936Crump Park, Little Rock, ARGoldman Hotel Grays (Fort Smith, AR)L 43 , 44
8/2/1936Tallulah, LATallulah (LA) Owls 45
8/9/1936Crump Park, Little Rock, ARGoldman Hotel Grays (Fort Smith, AR) 46
8/9/1936Crump Park, Little Rock, ARGoldman Hotel Grays (Fort Smith, AR) 47
8/16/1936Dixie Park, Shreveport, LAShreveport TigersL5648
8/16/1936Dixie Park, Shreveport, LAShreveport (LA) TigersL3649
8/23/1936Fairgrounds Park, Tallulah, LATallulah (LA) Owls L0150
8/30/1936Dixie Park, Shreveport, LAShreveport (LA) TigersW4351
8/30/1936Dixie Park, Shreveport, LAShreveport (LA) TigersW4052
9/5/1936Lake Providence, LATallulah (LA) OwlsL3653
9/6/1936Tallulah, LATallulah (LA) OwlsL1754
9/13/1936Dixie Park, Shreveport, LAShreveport (LA) TigersW6255
9/13/1936Dixie Park, Shreveport, LAShreveport (LA) TigersL0256
9/20/1936Dixie Park, Shreveport, LAShreveport (LA) TigersL3457
9/20/1936Dixie Park, Shreveport, LAShreveport (LA) TigersW7458
4/4/1937Dixie Park, Shreveport, LAShreveport (LA) TigersL0359
4/18/1937Crump Park, Little Rock, ARSt. Louis StarsW3260 , 61
4/25/1937Crump Park, Little Rock, ARSt. Louis StarsW171662 , 63
5/2/1937 Tallulah (LA) OwlsL0264
5/16/1937Lake Village, ARTallulah (LA) Owls 65 , 66
6/14/1937Lincoln Park, New Orleans, LANew Orleans Black PelicansL1567
6/18/1937Camden, ARCamden (AR) Green Sox 68
6/20/1937Crump Park, Little Rock, ARBlack Kraftsmen (Camden, AR) 69
6/20/1937Crump Park, Little Rock, ARBlack Kraftsmen (Camden, AR) 70
7/11/1937Tallulah, LATallulah (LA) OwlsL2871 , 72
4/10/1938Shreveport, LAShreveport (LA) TigersW5473 , 74
4/24/1938Tullulah, LATullulah (LA) OwlsL0575
5/15/1938Morrilton, ARMorrilton SluggersW4176
5/31/1938 Tallulah (LA) OwlsL4677
6/?/1938Morrilton, ARMorrilton SluggersL0478
7/4/1938Greenville, MSGreenville (MS) Black BucksL71979 , 80
7/17/1938Crump Park, Little Rock, ARMorrilton Sluggers 81
3/24/1940Crump Park, Little Rock, ARLittle Rock Cubs 82
6/30/1940Brown Paper Mill Park, West Monroe, LAMonroe (LA) All-StarsL2683
6/30/1940Brown Paper Mill Park, West Monroe, LAMonroe (LA) All-StarsL0484
7/26/1941Crump Park, Little Rock, ARLittle Rock Cubs 85
7/26/1941Crump Park, Little Rock, ARLittle Rock Cubs 86
8/7/1941Booster ParkLittle Rock CubsW18787
8/22/1941Morrilton, ARBrown Bombers (Camden, AR) 88
4/19/1942Little Rock, ARCrump All-StarsW5189


Players


1933
Managed by John Hibbler.90

PlayerBirthDeathNotes
Jake Freeman9/9/1914 in Arkansas9/22/199391
Griffin 92
Hawkins 93
Hollins 94
Mex Johnson9/16/1911 in Little Rock, AR 9/24/2005 in Denver, CO95
Jones 96
Ira McCarroll6/16/1911 in McCrory, AR198297
Robert Pickett10/24/1912 in Wrightsville, AR 98
Young 99


1934

PlayerBirthDeathNotes
Greenwood 100
Jake Freeman9/9/1914 in Arkansas9/22/1993101
Griffin 102
J. Hawkins 103
Sam Hawkins3/14/1907 in Little Rock, AR1/23/1992 in Little Rock, AR104
Johnson 105
Ira McCarroll6/16/1911 in McCrory, AR1982106
Mitchell 107
Robert Pickett10/24/1912 in Wrightsville, AR 108
Purdie 109
Rouse 110
Spearman 111


1935

PlayerBirthDeathNotes
Ira McCarroll6/16/1911 in McCrory, AR1982112



1936

PlayerBirthDeathNotes
Childs 113
William Cunningham2/4/1911 in Wrightsville, AR1/14/2004 in Wrightsville, AR114
Greenwood 115
Griffin 116
Jake Freeman9/9/1914 in Arkansas9/22/1993117
Hawkins 118
J. Hawkins 119
Johnson 120
Ira McCarroll6/16/1911 in McCrory, AR1982121
Robert Pickett10/24/1912 in Wrightsville, AR 122
Jacob Robinson3/27/1920 in Little Rock, AR4/5/2013 in Grand Rapids, MI 123
Steel 124


1937

PlayerBirthDeathNotes
Cole 125 , 126
Griffin 127
Hawkins 128
J. Hawkins 129
Hill 130
Jake Freeman9/9/1914 in Arkansas9/22/1993131
Jones 132
Mex Johnson9/16/1911 in Little Rock, AR9/24/2005 in Denver, CO133
King 134
Ira McCarroll6/16/1911 in McCrory, AR1982135
J. Robinson 136 , 137
Rouse 138


1938

PlayerBirthDeathNotes
Child 139
Cole 140
Griffin 141
Hawkins 142
King 143
Ira McCarroll6/16/1911 in McCrory, AR1982144
J. McClinton 145
Robert Pickett10/24/1912 in Wrightsville, AR 146
Richardson 147
Robinson 148
J. Robinson 149
Rouse 150


1939
Player Birth DeathNotes
Childs 151
C. Cole 152
Slim Cunningham 153
Griffin 154
Sam Hawkins3/14/1907 in Little Rock, AR1/23/1992 in Little Rock, AR155
Mex Johnson9/16/1911 in Little Rock, AR 9/24/2005 in Denver, CO156
Sug Jones9/9/1907 in Dubach, LA7/27/1982 in Jonesboro, AR157
Valley "Butch" "Dirty Red" King7/10/1915 in Little Rock, AR6/5/2003 in New Orleans, LA158
Ira McCarroll6/16/1911 in McCrory, AR1982159
F. B. Robinson 160
Jacob Robinson3/27/1920 in Little Rock, AR4/5/2013 in Grand Rapids, MI 161
William Robinson 162


1940

Player Birth DeathNotes
Ira McCarroll6/16/1911 in McCrory, AR1982163
McCurrin 164


1941

Player Birth DeathNotes
Valley "Butch" "Dirty Red" King7/10/1915 in Little Rock, AR6/5/2003 in New Orleans, LA165
Bill Sparks8/2/1910 in Little Rock, AR1/1/1989 in Little Rock, AR 166
Fred Swinton6/19/1922 in Little Rock, AR10/10/1976 in Little Rock, AR167


1942
Managed by Charles Rouse168 and Clarence Cole.169

Player Birth DeathNotes
Childs 170
Clarence Cole8/30/1912 in Little Rock, AR8/9/1954 in Little Rock, AR 171
Jones 172
Valley "Butch" "Dirty Red" King7/10/1915 in Little Rock, AR6/5/2003 in New Orleans, LA173
Lewis 174
Little 175
Ira McCarroll6/16/1911 in McCrory, AR1982 176
McClinton 177
McCurrin 178
Robinson 179
Charlie Rouse7/3/1908 in Little Rock, AR10/2/1971 in Little Rock, AR 180
Shaw 181
Shaw 182
Bill Sparks8/2/1910 in Little Rock, AR1/1/1989 in Little Rock, AR 183
J. Thomas 184
P. Thomas 185


Others

PlayerBirthDeathNotes
Charles Spearman Jr.1/14/1914 in Arkadelphia, AR9/8/2000 in Pine Bluff, AR186
Fred Spearman1/18/1917 in AR11/10/2010 in Jamaica, Queens, NY187 , 188

1 Arkansas Gazette, 6/25/1933
2 Arkansas Gazette, 6/25/1933
3 Arkansas Gazette, 7/9/1933
4 Arkansas Gazette, 7/12/1933
5 Chicago Defender, 7/29/1933, p.8
6 Chicago Defender, 8/12/1933, p.9
7 Chicago Defender, 8/12/1933, p.9
8 Arkansas Gazette, 8/19/1933, p.8
9 Arkansas Gazette, 8/19/1933, p.8
10 Arkansas Gazette, 8/28/1933, p.6
11 Arkansas Gazette, 8/28/1933, p.6
13 Arkansas Gazette, 9/21/1933, p.10
14 Arkansas Gazette, 10/1/1933, p.21
15 Arkansas Gazette, 10/2/1933, p.6
16 Arkansas Gazette, 6/18/1934
17 Arkansas Gazette, 6/18/1934
18 Arkansas Gazette, 6/21/1934
19 Chicago Defender, 7/14/1934, p.17
20 Omaha World-Herald, 7/5/1934, p.22
21 Chicago Defender, 7/14/1934, p.17
22 Omaha World-Herald, 7/5/1934, p.22
23 Chicago Defender, 8/18/1934, p.16
24 Arkansas Gazette, 8/12/1934
25 Arkansas Gazette, 8/12/1934
26 Arkansas Gazette, 9/9/1934
27 Arkansas Gazette, 9/22/1934
28 Arkansas Gazette, 9/22/1934
29 Arkansas Gazette, 4/28/1935
31 Arkansas Gazette, 8/12/1935, p.6
32 Arkansas Gazette, 9/30/1935, p.6
33 Arkansas Gazette, 4/12/1936
34 Arkansas Gazette, 4/26/1936
35 Arkansas Gazette, 4/26/1936
37 Arkansas Gazette, 6/14/1936
38 Arkansas Gazette, 6/28/1936, p.17
39 Arkansas Gazette, 6/14/1936
40 Arkansas Gazette, 6/14/1936
41 Arkansas Gazette, 8/9/1936, p.18
42 Arkansas Gazette, 6/28/1936, p.17
43 Arkansas Gazette, 8/9/1936, p.18
44 Arkansas Gazette, 6/28/1936, p.17
46 Arkansas Gazette, 8/9/1936, p.18
47 Arkansas Gazette, 8/9/1936, p.18
60 Chicago Defender, 4/24/1937, p.13
61 Arkansas Gazette, 4/19/1937, p.10
62 Chicago Defender, 5/8/1937, p.15
63 Arkansas Gazette, 4/25/1937
65 Arkansas Gazette, 5/16/1937, p.17
67 Times-Picayune (New Orleans), 6/14/1937, p.13
69 Arkansas Gazette, 6/20/1937, p.16
70 Arkansas Gazette, 6/20/1937, p.16
71 Chicago Defender, 7/24/1937, p.21
73 Chicago Defender, 4/23/1938, p.8
76 Chicago Defender, 5/21/1938, p.10
78 Chicago Defender, 7/2/1938, p.8
79 Chicago Defender, 7/30/1938, p.8
81 Arkansas Gazette, 7/17/1938, p.15
82 Arkansas Gazette, 3/24/1940, p.11
85 Arkansas State Press, 7/25/1941, p.5
86 Arkansas State Press, 7/25/1941, p.5
87 Arkansas State Press, 8/8/1941, p.5
88 Arkansas Gazette, 8/22/1941, p.19
89 Arkansas State Press, 4/20/1942, p.7
90 Arkansas Gazette, 8/19/1933, p.8
91 Arkansas Gazette, 10/1/1933, p.21
92 Chicago Defender, 8.12.1933, p.9
93 Arkansas Gazette, 7/9/1933
94 Arkansas Gazette, 8/28/1933, p.6
95 Chicago Defender, 8.12.1933, p.9
96 Arkansas Gazette, 7/12/1933, p.12
97 Arkansas Gazette, 10/1/1933, p.21
98 Arkansas Gazette, 7/9/1933
99 Arkansas Gazette, 7/12/1933, p.12
100 Chicago Defender, 7/14/1934, p.17
101 Chicago Defender, 7/14/1934, p.17
102 Omaha World-Herald, 7/5/1934, p.22
103 Omaha World-Herald, 7/5/1934, p.22
104 Chicago Defender, 7/14/1934, p.17
105 Omaha World-Herald, 7/5/1934, p.22
106 Chicago Defender, 7/14/1934, p.17
107 Omaha World-Herald, 7/5/1934, p.22
108 Omaha World-Herald, 7/5/1934, p.22
109 Omaha World-Herald, 7/5/1934, p.22
110 Omaha World-Herald, 7/5/1934, p.22
111 Omaha World-Herald, 7/5/1934, p.22
112 Arkansas Gazette, 8/12/1935, p.6
114 Arkansas Gazette, 8/9/1936, p.18
116 Arkansas Gazette, 4/26/1936, p.13
117 Arkansas Gazette, 4/12/1936, p.12
118 Arkansas Gazette, 4/12/1936, p.12
123 Chicago Defender, 4/11/1936, p.14
124 Chicago Defender, 4/11/1936, p.14
125 Chicago Defender, 4/24/1937, p.13
126 Times-Picayune (New Orleans), 6/14/1937, p.13
127 Times-Picayune (New Orleans), 6/14/1937, p.13
128 Chicago Defender, 4/24/1937, p.13
129 Times-Picayune (New Orleans), 6/14/1937, p.13
130 Chicago Defender, 4/24/1937, p.13
131 Chicago Defender, 7/24/1937, p.21
132 Chicago Defender, 4/24/1937, p.13
133 Chicago Defender, 4/24/1937, p.13
134 Times-Picayune (New Orleans), 6/14/1937, p.13
135 Chicago Defender, 4/24/1937, p.13
136 Chicago Defender, 4/24/1937, p.13
137 Times-Picayune (New Orleans), 6/14/1937, p.13
138 Times-Picayune (New Orleans), 6/14/1937, p.13
139 Chicago Defender, 7/2/1938, p.8
142 Chicago Defender, 5/21/1938, p.10
144 Chicago Defender, 5/21/1938, p.10
163 Arkansas Gazette, 3/24/1940, p.11
164 Arkansas Gazette, 3/24/1940, p.11
165 Arkansas State Press, 5/16/1941, p.5
166 Arkansas State Press, 5/16/1941, p.5
167 Arkansas State Press, 8/8/1941, p.5
168 Arkansas State Press, 3/27/1942, p.7
169 Arkansas State Press, 4/20/1942, p.7
170 Arkansas State Press, 4/20/1942, p.7
171 Arkansas State Press, 4/20/1942, p.7
172 Arkansas State Press, 4/20/1942, p.7
173 Arkansas State Press, 4/20/1942, p.7
174 Arkansas State Press, 4/20/1942, p.7
175 Arkansas State Press, 4/20/1942, p.7
176 Arkansas State Press, 4/20/1942, p.7
177 Arkansas State Press, 4/20/1942, p.7
178 Arkansas State Press, 4/20/1942, p.7
179 Arkansas State Press, 4/20/1942, p.7
180 Arkansas State Press, 4/20/1942, p.7
181 Arkansas State Press, 4/20/1942, p.7
182 Arkansas State Press, 4/20/1942, p.7
183 Arkansas State Press, 4/20/1942, p.7
184 Arkansas State Press, 4/20/1942, p.7
185 Arkansas State Press, 4/20/1942, p.7
186 Pine Bluff Commercial, 9/12/2000
187 Untold Stories: Black Sport Heroes Before Integration, by Darren Ivy and Jeff Krupsaw. 2002.