Negro Leagues celebrates 100th birthday


KANSAS CITY, UNITED STATES: Republican presidential candidate George W. Bush looks at a statue of the founder of the Negro Baseball Leagues Rube Foster as he is given a tour of the Negro League Baseball Museum by its director, Don Motley, 18 September, 2000, in Kansas City, Missouri. AFP Photo/Tannen MAURY (Photo credit should read TANNEN MAURY/AFP via Getty Images)

Today the Negro Leagues commemorates its 100th birthday.  Starting in 1920, the Negro Leagues became an institution for African-Americans who had professional talent to play but were denied to join Major League Baseball.due to racial discrimination that was the law of the day.

The league has come and gone but today its greatness can be seen as communicated by the Negro League Baseball Museum.  Even though the “old” Negro leagues started in the late 1800’s, it was nearly forty years later when Rube Foster had the vision to organize teams for the masses to enjoy.

The contribution of the league is of great folklore to United States history.

CLICK HERE TO SEE A must see clip featuring MLB’s Harold Reynolds and NLBM’s Bob Kendrick.

 


 

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