George Moran (October 3, 1884 Kansas - August 1, 1949 Oakland, California) was one of the creators, along with Charles E. Mack of the "Two Black Crows" a 'black-face' comedy team popular in the 1920s in Vaudeville, radio, and eventually television. They were "...the first black-face team in radio."2 Mack died in an auto accident in 1934, and Moran continued his career with other partners. He lived for a while at Hotel Harrison, 1415 Harrison Street, with his partner Rade "Pie" Sadler [former professional football player], where they were 'co-owners of the lunch counter.'1
Moran "...made his stage debut at the age of 15...[in St. Joseph, MO] playing the part of Sambo in the Sambo and Quimbo team in 'Uncle Tom's Cabin.'"2
Was this guy related to the baseball Moran?
Was the name of George's father also George? And did he fight in the Civil War?
- "Rites set for noted comedian: services tomorrow for George Moran of 'Black Crow' fame" Post Enquirer. 2. Aug. 1949. [Oakland History Room- Moran, George file]
- Your Town column, Oakland Tribune. Date illegible. [Oakland History Room - Moran, George file]