SIOUX CITY GHOSTS, 1920s-1983
(.5 Cubic feet: 1 flat box, 1 Oversize folder)
by: Cathy Keen, May 2001
The Sioux City Ghosts were an all-black fast-pitch softball team that toured the country in the
1920s and 1930s. For their pranks and antics on the field, they were often compared to
basketball's Harlem Globetrotters. The team formed in 1925 as a boys' club which gathered to
play softball. In 1931 they began touring. They gained a reputation and quickly drew large
crowds. The team also played in Mexico and Canada. The team disbanded when World War II
began, and many members served in the armed forces. After the war, few members rejoined, but
the team kept going until 1956.
The archival collection was donated, along with several artifacts, to the Museum's Division of
Cultural History, which later transferred the archival collection to the Archives Center.
Scope and Content
The collection consists of one scrapbook, one photograph album and five posters and a
certificate. The scrapbook and album were compiled by Reggie Williams, one of the Ghosts'
players. The scrapbook chronicles the day-to-day lives of the team while they were touring in the
United States, Mexico and Canada. The scrapbook contains items such as restaurant menus,
ferry schedules, greeting cards, tickets to attractions, and especially news clippings and box
scores from the Ghosts' games. The photograph album contains snapshots of the players on the
field, ballparks, family members, vehicles, street scenes, and sightseeing attractions in the places
the Ghosts toured. The posters advertise upcoming games of the Ghosts. Also included is a
1983 certificate issued to Franklin Williams by the Iowa Amateur Softball Association,
recognizing him as a member of the Sioux City Ghosts.
||Photograph Album, 1930s|
||Five posters advertising upcoming appearances
of the Sioux City Ghosts|
||An certificate, 1983, issued to Franklin Williams by the Iowa Amateur Softball
Association, recognizing him as a member of the Sioux City Ghosts|