The New York Incorporators were a Harlem-based African-American basketball team that was organized in 1915 by the pioneering owner, promoter, and manager Will Anthony Madden.

Location: Harlem, New York City Home Court: Manhattan Casino Nickname: Inc.’s, Red and Black Machine Colors: Varsity Red, Black, White Manager: Will Anthony Madden
Formed: 1915

Madden formed the squad by taking top talent from his prior team, the St. Christopher Club, where he had been the manager. The Incorporators quickly succeeded, winning the 1915-16 Colored Basketball World’s Championship and reaching national prominence.

The New York Incorporators basketball team, 1915, featuring Will Anthony Madden (standing center, with carnation.) (Black Fives Archives)