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Milwaukee Colored Panthers™ Tee, Long Sleeve

Black Fives

Sale price $42.00 Regular price $65.00

Celebrate the Milwaukee Colored Panthers, an African American semi-professional basketball team that played in Wisconsin during the mid-to-late-1930s. With an office on West Pierce Street in downtown Milwaukee, the Panthers' innovative business model included sending postcards to post offices throughout the state, addressed simply, “Manager, City Independent Basketball Team,” along with the town’s name, but with no address. Yet, they would inevitably arrive at their destinations. In 1938, the front of these mailers had a photograph of the team and the back promoted their success as “winners of 128 games in the past three years” with an assurance they “can be booked in your city” by writing to the club’s manager.

52% combed and ring-spun cotton, 48% polyester, pre-shrunk, side-seamed construction, with shoulder-to-shoulder taping, crew neck with cover-stitched collar, and 2″ (5 cm) ribbed cuffs.

• Colors: Black, White
• Fabric weight: 4.2 oz (142 g/m2)

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Milwaukee Colored Panthers™ is a trademark of the Black Fives Foundation. All rights reserved. Images courtesy of the Sandler Archives.

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