Located in a small steel town outside of Pittsburgh, they dominated the Eastern baseball scene. From 1937 to 1945 they won nine straight league pennants. They were led by future Hall of Famers Josh Gibson, Cool Papa Bell, Judy Johnson, Buck Leonard and Cuban Great Martin Dihigo. Their ace pitcher was Smokey Joe Williams. Williams once struck out 27 batters in a 12 inning game. The Grays played in the American Negro League in 1929, the Negro National League in 1930, 1933, 1935-1948 and the East-West League in 1932.