The Toledo Black Pirates played in the International Association in 1889, right between the last two Major League teams from Toledo, OH. That year the Black Pirates went 54-51 to finish fourth under the guidance of Charlie Morton. Ed Cushman (18-14, 2.09) led the IA with 198 strikeouts. Future MLB star Bill Joyce hit just .163, though he led the team with 5 homers in just 30 games. 1B Perry Werden was the offensive star, hitting .394 to lead the league. Werden scored 107, stole 58 bases and led the league in hits (167) and the team in doubles (32), triples (11) and runs.
The name was revived in 1892 by a Western League club in the city. Led by manager Ed MacGregor, the Black Pirates went 28-29 to finish 4th among the teams that did not fold during the season (the league itself folded on July 11).