Cannibal Giants - Reviving the Negro Leagues
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During the 1930s, again with hopes of attracting white fans, black baseball games
were often coupled
with singing, dancing and comedy skits. The
Ethiopian Clowns toured the south, playing their games
with their hats on sideways and their faces painted like African tribesmen. The
Zulu Cannibal Giants
took it a step further. Not only did they paint their faces but they wore grass
skirts, used bats
resembling African war clubs and often played in bare feet. Underneath the paint
and the ridiculous
getups were some of the best athletes of that era.
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In 1938 Charlie Henry of Louisville,Kentucky, formed the Zulu Cannibal Giants...The
idea generated from the war that was being fought in Ethiopia. Howard Easterling
started with this novelty team in 1937..."The Negro Baseball
League- A Photographic History"-Dixon,Hannigan.
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