A League Of Friends
This is the real meaning of friendship. Check it out these real men in their late sixties to early seventies who bonded
together in 1963 while playing Little League Baseball on a team called Simpson Road Trojans from two sets of apartments
in Atlanta, GA. They were the first African American Little League team in the Jim Crowe Era who should have made it to the
Little League World Series but was denied. They beat everyone that was put in front of them to stop them from advancing to
the Little League World Series. After that fail, they were stopped from advancing due to a minor technicality which was
later fought hard by African American politicians in Atlanta, Ga. The Simpson Road Trojans went on to produce 2 MLB
players,1 NFL Player, 1 Minor League Player, Military Officer, Bank President and more. As of today, their friendship still
remains. They continue to provide moral support, financial assistance, and family hardship support with the drop of a hat.
Their hearts go out to their former friends and teammates who are deceased, Melvin Slack, Stanley Cody, Gary Thrasher ,
Larry Malcolm, Jim Phillips. Other members, not shown on the picture are Raymond Kimber, Gregory Slack, James Gullatt
and Warren Balam.
“We were taught fundamentally sound baseball”
“The Simpson Road Trojans’ players had this to say about their league”
There is a great need for fundamentally sound principles when it comes to sports and life. Not only to teach youths and young adults how to play the game, but to also teach our youths how to respect fellow teammates and opposing teams and adults.
A League of Friends Foundation is a culmination of a community who believed in “it takes a village”, respect one another, my brothers’ and sisters’ keeper. This community produced some of the most well-respected pillars of their community, by formulating a little league baseball team and working together for the betterment of self, and others. It would be amazing if the Simpson Road Trojans could be replicated, but since that is not possible, they can give back by communicating to others what they were taught.
A League of Friends Foundation is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, was established in 2022 by the Simpson Road Trojans. Levi Miller, Larry Morrow Sr., and Mary K. Miller are the Executives for the foundation.
The goal for the foundation is to create digital content and attend speaking engagements at schools and public events to teach and reach the youth, and young adults in hopes to educate them on the importance of building healthy communities by way of athletics and life. The most important characteristics that will be shared are as follows: respect, love, tenacity, honor, positive thinking, structure, perseverance and unity.
Your gift of any amount will help the foundation to be able to create the highest quality of content, expenses, and administrative support. Your generosity to help us reach others would greatly be appreciated. Donations can also be reoccurring and are also tax deductible.
A representative of the organization will be ready to meet with you at any appointed time, should you require to learn more, and on how we can partner together to rebuild healthy families and communities. Should you decide a meeting is not necessary, please help by donating online by going to our website: www.aleagueoffriends.org. All donations are tax deductible, and they also can be reoccurring.
Thank you for your time, it would be greatly appreciated if you would share A League of Friends Foundation’s information with your colleagues, and other business partners.
Best regards…Levi Miller, Larry G. Morrow Sr., Mary K. Miller…Executive Board Members
A League Of Friends Foundation, Inc.
Corporate Mailing Address: 8225 Kara Dr. Gainesville, GA 30506
These are the trailblazers back in the Jim Crow Era that made it impossible for Blacks youth baseball teams to be recognize and participate in major tournaments all over the USA. The Simpson Road Trojans from Atlanta, GA was consider one of the best youth baseball team in the country black of white and was denied a chance to participate in the Little League World Series. Read and watch there stories in their upcoming book call "A League Of Friends" in July and their movie which will air during Black History Month in February 2023. Their story is not all about all the games they won with only two losses, it is about how they did it with a young coach who was only two years older than his team. Their community which back in the days was called the village all help the Simpson Road Trojans to become successful during their playing days. As of today the remaining teammates still are very, very close friends for over sixty years.
Author Mary K. Jackson
Did you know? The 1211 Simpson Road Trojans were the first African-American Little League Baseball team during the Jim Crow Era. In 1963. Simpson Road Trojans baseball youth team that should have made it to the Little League World Series, but was denied. The Trojans beat everyone that was put in front of them to stop them from advancing to the Little League World Series. After that fail, they were stopped from advancing due to a minor technicality which was later fought hard by African-American politicians in Atlanta.
The Simpson Road Trojans went on to produce two MLB players, one NFL Player, 1 Minor League Player, Military Officer, Bank President and more. As of today, their friendship still remains. They continue to provide moral support, financial assistance, and family hardship support with the drop of a hat.