Baseball venues 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 Cincinnati Eclipse Black baseball team in the late 1920s and ‘30s, a[…]

Baseball venues: Walnut Hills Ashland Park

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 spent more than $10,000 for an acre of land in Walnut Hills[…]

DeHart Hubbard and Baseball in Cincinnati

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 a three block walk from Douglass. At both schools he was a[…]

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

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 High School in the West end. DeHart earned a place on the list of meritorious students for all four of his high school years and graduated in[…]

Peter Clark: the Father of Black Baseball in Cincinnati

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 lived on what was called Kemper Street – now Yale – for[…]