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William Augustus “Gus” Greenlee

Businessman, owner of the Pittsburgh Crawfords baseball team. ¬†William Augustus “Gus” Greenlee was born near the Blue Ridge Mountains in Marion North Carolina. ¬†In 1916, Greenlee migrated north to Pittsburgh becoming a racketeer and bootlegger. ¬†He put the fortune he made into the Crawford Bar & Grill and the Pittsburgh Crawfords baseball team. ¬†He also built Greenlee Field, the first ballpark in the United States owned by a black man. ¬†The Crawfords were the best financed baseball team in the sport and featured some of the finest talent to be found. ¬†In 1935, they won the Negro League National pennant. ¬†LeRoy “Satchel” Paige, William Julius “Judy” Johnson, Cool Papa Bell and Josh Gibson all played under Greenlee. ¬†All four are now in the baseball hall of fame. ¬†His nightclub was also a popular Pittsburgh attraction, boasting such celebrity clientele as Duke Ellington, Lena Horne and Nat King Cole. ¬†Greenlee was also known to be a generous man, giving charitable contributions to the needy. ¬†He died of a stroke in Pittsburgh. (bio by: Michael Cannon) ¬†Family links: ¬†Parents: ¬†Samuel Richardson Greenlee (1860 – 1928) ¬†Julia Manley Greenlee Greenlee (1868 – 1951) ¬†Siblings: ¬†William Augustus Greenlee (1895 – 1952) ¬†Laura Josephine Greenlee Robertson (1900 – 1971)* ¬†John Marcus Greenlee (1910 – 1939)* *Calculated relationship


  • December, 26, 1895
  • USA


  • July, 07, 1952
  • USA


  • Allegheny Cemetery
  • Pennsylvania
  • USA

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