The Dug Out

A FAST CASUAL CAFETERIA SPECIALIZING IN HEALTHY SOUL FOOD 

 

 

A THEME REVOLVING AROUND THE OMAHA ROCKETS AND NEGRO LEAGUES BASEBALL HISTORY.

 

 

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Location
2401 Lake St
Omaha, NE
(402) 281-3858
Hours
Sunday  11:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Monday-Friday 12:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Saturday - Closed

Menu

ENJOY THE FOOD. DIGEST THE HISTORY!

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Dessert

History

In the 1940s, the African American players of the Omaha Rockets independent baseballteam lived in North Omaha. The team played exhibition games against Negro League teams from across the U.S. and was the home of several important players.

By the end of World War I black baseball had become, perhaps, the number one entertainment attraction for urban black populations throughout the country. It was at that time that Andrew “Rube” Foster, owner of the Chicago American Giants and black baseball’s most influential personality, determined that the time had arrived for a truly organized and stable Negro league. Under Foster’s leadership in 1920 the Negro National League was born in Kansas City, fielding eight teams: Chicago American Giants, Chicago Giants, Cuban Stars, Dayton Marcos, Detroit Stars, Indianapolis ABCs, Kansas City Monarchs and St. Louis Giants.

In the same year Thomas T. Wilson, owner of the Nashville Elite Giants, organized the Negro Southern League with teams in Nashville, Atlanta, Birmingham, Memphis, Montgomery and New Orleans. Only three years later the Eastern Colored League was formed in1923 featuring the Hilldale Club, Cuban Stars (East), Brooklyn Royal Giants, Bacharach Giants, Lincoln Giants and Baltimore black Sox.

The Negro National League continued on a sound footing for most of the 1920s, ultimately succumbing to the financial pressures of the Great Depression and dissolving after the 1931 season. The second Negro National League, organized by Pittsburgh bar owner Gus Greenlee, quickly took up where Foster’s league left off and became the dominant force in black baseball from 1933 through 1949.
The Negro Southern League was in continuous operation from 1920 through the 1940s and held the position as black baseball’s only operating major circuit for the 1931 season. In 1937 the Negro American League was launched, bringing into its fold the best clubs in the South and Midwest, and stood as the opposing circuit to Greenlee’s Negro National League until the latter league disbanded after the 1949 season.

Despite the difficult economic challenges posed to the entire nation by the Depression, the three major Negro League circuits weathered the storm and steadily built what was to become one of the largest and most successful black-owned enterprises in America. The existence and success of these leagues stood as a testament to the determination and resolve of black America to forge ahead in the face of racial segregation and social disadvantage.

Our Game Plan

The Omaha Rockets Kanteen

The Omaha Rockets Kanteen. Pitching Deliciously Healthy Variations of Southern “Comfort” Food, Coupled with Historical Facts about Negro Leagues Baseball Players + Teams.  Through a Commitment to Providing Freshly Made Dishes From Family Recipes, We Will Swing to Make Smiling Faces and Satisfied Appetites.
“Enjoy The Food.  Digest The History.”

Merchandise

 

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$21.50 + Shipping and Handling

 

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Delivery

 

For delivery send us an email at omaharocketskanteen@gmail.com or call for catering (402) 281-3858.

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