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The House of David (formally The Israelite House of David) is a communal religious society co-founded by Benjamin and Mary Purnell in Benton Harbor, Michigan, in March 1903. Purnell was a sports enthusiast and encouraged the members of the Israelite Community to play sports, especially baseball, in order to build physical and spiritual discipline.
In 1913, the Israelite House of David began to play competitive baseball, eventually
becoming famous as a barnstorming baseball team which toured rural America from the 1920s through the 1950s, playing amateur and semi-pro teams in exhibition games. They were motivated by the need to make money for their families and colony back home and by the opportunity to share their beliefs. The team members wore long hair and beards as they played.
Partial proceeds from the sale of this commemorative beer bat go to the Negro League Baseball Museum to support their mission of preserving and celebrating the rich history of African-American baseball and its impact on the social advancement of America.
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