Negro Leagues

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Negro Baseball Leagues

Baseball is known as one of America's favorite pastimes. A fun filled family outing would include a picnic and a trip to see their favorite Major League Baseball team play. The faces of the children would light up when they caught a foul ball. This pastime of "baseball" was one of segregation and a naïve sense of enjoyment, for the "baseball" that they knew was a game of only Caucasian Americans. Little did they know, some of the most talented players were African-American. These black baseball players had to play in a separate league. It was called the Negro League, and this league along would change America's view of "baseball" forever (Sigworth, 2003).

From 1887 to 1947, major league baseball did not allow African-American players to play on their teams. There was, however a twist to the story. The major league baseball organization never officially banned African Americans from playing. With a goal in mind, they began their journey to playing baseball. African-American athletes responded to this segregation in a way that changed society forever. They created teams which traveled all over the country in search of other teams to play and audiences to play for. In the beginning, the teams had a difficult task ahead of them, for it was hard to find teams to play. Whites would refuse to play against African-American players. This inspired African-Americans to branch off and start their own leagues. Some examples of leagues that were started were the Negro National League (1920), the Eastern Colored League (1923), and the Negro American League (1937). Those are just some major leagues to list. Many other minor league teams were also formed. This began the long, drawn out, but extremely successful journey of the Negro Leagues (Sigworth, 2003).

During this time period, Americans believed in a phrase called "separate but equal". Blacks were separated from society, but supposedly treated the same. Baseball...
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