A Walnut Hills baseball story: Small boys, a Championship, and a little PR

In the 1910s Gilbert Avenue became an auto dealer’s row. In 1914 the 31-year-old financier Howard W. Fenker went to work for the White Motorcar and Truck agency at 2417 Gilbert just a block south of Peebles Corner. Late the next year he invested $50,000 in a building across the street at 2346 Gilbert and[…]

Frank Robinson, the Color Line in Baseball, and the Manse Hotel

Click here to see more information about Black Baseball in Walnut Hills Frank Robinson, an African American man, signed with the Cincinnati Reds organization in 1954 and played a couple of years in the minor leagues. Jackie Robinson had integrated major league baseball in 1949; the Reds did not field their first Black players until[…]

Black Baseball in Walnut Hills

Our neighborhood has a rich baseball history, most of it highlighting our African-American residents. In October, 2020, when the pandemic prevented us from going to the ballpark, the Historical Society developed a set of banners and posted them around Walnut Hills to celebrate our baseball history. We also created a self-guided walking tour to view[…]

Baseball Venues in Walnut Hills

Click here to see more information about Black Baseball in Walnut Hills The Deer Creek Commons, built over a large culvert down the valley between Gilbert Avenue and Reading Road, included the greatest amateur baseball venue in Cincinnati during the first half of the twentieth century. Deer Creek Commons was the home field for the[…]

Baseball Venues: Walnut Hills Ashland Park

Click here to see more information about Black Baseball in Walnut Hills The parks plans of the progressive era not only resulted in the construction of large facilities like the Deer Creek Commons considered in the last post; Cincinnati also set about building a number of small neighborhood parks. In 1911 the new Park Board[…]

DeHart Hubbard and Baseball in Cincinnati

Click here to see more information about Black Baseball in Walnut Hills William DeHart Hubbard was born in Walnut Hills in 1903, named after the well-respected principal A. J. DeHart at the segregated Frederick Douglass School in the neighborhood. Hubbard went on to the original Walnut Hills High School at Ashland and Burdette, just three[…]

Andrew J. DeHart: Education and Sports at Frederick Douglass School

Click here to see more information about Black Baseball in Walnut Hills Andrew J. DeHart was born in Mississippi in 1855. His early biography is obscure, but by in 1870 he was in Cincinnati, enrolled in the new segregated Gaines Colored High School in the West end. DeHart earned a place on the list of[…]

Peter Clark: the Father of Black Baseball in Cincinnati

Click here to see more information about Black Baseball in Walnut Hills Peter Humphries Clark was the Father of Black Baseball in Cincinnati. He is better known for other reasons: he shaped the Black Community in Cincinnati during the 1850s, ‘60s and 70s more than any other individual. In Walnut Hills we know that Clark[…]