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Louisville Grays (1876-1877) (NL)

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  • George "Juice" Warren Latham (1852 - 1914)
    Jumbo Latham This article was written by Scott Fiesthumel. George Warren "Juice" Latham was born September 6, 1852, in Utica, New York, to Amy Victory Latham and Charles Latham, a constable and one of ...

The Louisville Grays were a 19th-century United States baseball team and charter member of the National League, based in Louisville, Kentucky. They played two seasons, 1876 and 1877, and compiled a record of 65–61. Their home games were at the Louisville Baseball Park. The Grays were owned by businessman Walter Newman Haldeman, owner and publisher of the Louisville Courier-Journal newspaper.

The Grays were undone by Major League Baseball's first gambling scandal. The team was in first place in August 1877, then suddenly lost seven games and tied one against the Boston Red Stockings and Hartford Dark Blues. Boston ended up winning the pennant, seven games ahead of the second-place Grays. A Courier-Journal story questioning the team's conduct was written by John Haldeman, the owner's son.