1909 St. Paul Colored Gophers     

1909 St. Paul Colored Gophers

Thanks to Brian Morrison for digging out this photo of the 1909 St. Paul, Minnesota, Colored Gophers. It's from the site 90 feet of perfection.

The Gophers were not an official team of the Negro Leagues as the actual Negro Leagues were not created until 1920. The Gophers only existed from 1907 to 1910. The Gophers were the only┬ásignificant Negro Baseball team to come out of St. Paul or Minneapolis, Minnesota. In 1909, both the Gophers and the Kansas City Giants both claimed to be the Western Champions of their league. Due to stats and rosters from this time being hard to find, neither team was ever officially crowned the champion.