After a decade in which the Harlem Dodgers won six World Series titles and the Knicks had the most wins in the NBA for the first time in history, it’s not often a franchise brings in an African-American owner to make the transition.
But that happened with Barbary Slave Trade, a team with an African American owner who brought the franchise back to its glory days.
That deal was finalized in June 1947 when former Knick owner Harry L. Alsop bought the team from George Steinbrenner, and the Brooklyn Dodgers would go on to win the World Series in the next two seasons, becoming the first team to win three consecutive championships.
The deal also allowed Alsok to bring back the Harlem Blues, who had been a rival franchise during the 1940s and 1950s, as well as other African-Americans, including the future Hall of Famer George Brett.
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