Corpus Christi Baseball Team 1931

Corpus Christi Baseball Team, New Orleans 1931

In 1931 Corpus Christi Parish in New Orleans opened a new baseball field formally inaugurated with a game between the Corpus Christi Stars and the Community Center Bulldogs in front of a large home team crowd of 3,000 attendees. A feature of the game was the initial appearance of the Corpus Christi Boys’ Orchestra. With the opening of this ball field Corpus Christi added more prestige to its position of being the largest colored [using the vernacular of the time] parish in the United States.

The Corpus Christi Athletic grounds baseball field was the square located at St. Bernard, N. Galvez, London and N. Johnson streets. Unfortunately, the field had no fence so each game reviewed by the press reported “unruly” crowds interfering with the play. Actually the fans were just so eager to see the players, and got so involved in the games that they encroached on the field for better views, interfering with the players.

Unfortunately, the above picture does not have names of the members of the baseball team but some of the players who were mentioned in various articles about the team are listed here (some only mentioned by last name):

Melvin Lewis – pitcher, described as a lanky southpaw

“Vic” Labat – pitcher

Cyperian Stokes – pitcher

“Iron Claw” Populus – the one-arm pitching marvel

Bibbins – pitcher

Jackson – pitcher

Barry – catcher

“Rag Doll” Grullier

Bob Manual

“Dickie” Matthews

Bob Roe

Adam Populus

“Squatter” Benjiman




Those of you who are aware of a family member having played on the team may be able to find your ancestor gloriously represented here and/or help identify others on the team for our readers.

Lenora Gobert

Sources:  The Colored Harvest, Vol XIX, No. 3, June-July 1931, page 13; “Corpus Christi Grounds Will Open With Big Game Sunday,” Louisiana Weekly, 11 April 1931, pg.4; “Disorderly Crowd, Miscues Result in Christi Route,” Louisiana Weekly, 18 April 1931, pg. 3; “Athletics and Corpus Christi Divide Pair” Louisiana Weekly, 14 June 1931, pg. 8.

2 thoughts on “Corpus Christi Baseball Team 1931

  1. Baseball was an insanely popular pastime in those days. Several church parishes had teams – St. Raymond, Corpus Christi, Holy Ghost, etc. Different insurance companies and other businesses would also sponsor r co-sponsor teams.They would often play games as fundraisers. There were also professional teams like the Black Pelicans and Crescent Stars. Before it was dedicated as Hardin Playground, that square was called Crescent Stars Park. So many men gained reputations as players or promoters: John and Bob Bissant, Emile ‘Bull Giant’ Soupenne, Walter Wright, Allen Page, Caulfield, etc.

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