The HOUSE OF DAVID BASEBALL TEAM RESEARCH PROJECT
House of David Myths and Legends
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True information that has been uncovered during research:
MYTH: The House of David was a group of Jewish baseball players.
TRUTH: The Israelite House of David consider themselves Christian Israelites and follow the faith that was originally started by Joanna Southcott in the 1600's.
MYTH: The House of David was a way for players kicked out of Organized Baseball to continue playing.
TRUTH: The House of David never hired a player that was blacklisted by Organized Baseball. If the House of David played a Major League team, they were required to submit all players names to the Commissioners Office for eligibility status review.
MYTH: Babe Ruth played for the House of David, or that he was offered a contract.
TRUTH: Babe Ruth never played for the House of David Team. An offer was submitted by the House of David, and was never responded to. Photos also show "The Babe" posing with bearded players. These playerswere from Louis Murphy's Spring Valley House of David Team. No record has ever been found to show that the Yankees ever played a House of David Team from Benton Harbor, or visited the colony in Benton Harbor, Michigan. Many people claim that a House of David pitcher struck out Babe Ruth in an exhibition game. However, the House of David Baseball Team Research Project has never found any documentation to support this claim.
MYTH: One-armed baseball player, Peter Gray, played for The House of David Team.
TRUTH: Pete Gray played for one of the many "outlaw" House of David teams..
MYTH: The Black House of David were members of the colony in Benton Harbor.
TRUTH: The House of David never had an African-American member. The Black House of David was a team using the House of David name for promotional purposes.