Frank Robinson, the Color Line in Baseball, and the Manse Hotel

Click here to see more information about Black Baseball in Walnut Hills Frank Robinson, an African American man, signed with the Cincinnati Reds organization in 1954 and played a couple of years in the minor leagues. Jackie Robinson had integrated major league baseball in 1949; the Reds did not field their first Black players until[…]

Baseball Venues in Walnut Hills

Click here to see more information about Black Baseball 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[…]

Baseball Venues: Walnut Hills Ashland Park

Click here to see more information about Black Baseball in Walnut Hills 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[…]

DeHart Hubbard

William DeHart Hubbard was born in Walnut Hills on November 25, 1903, the first of eight children. His middle name honored Andrew DeHart, principal of the school recently named after Frederick Douglass. The name indicates the esteem in which the neighborhood held the school; Hubbard in fact dropped the William went by DeHart throughout his[…]