The Negro Leagues: Bringing History Into Focus

Late in 2020, Major League Baseball recognized several of the Negro Leagues that thrived from 1920 until the sport was integrated as their own. Now these overlooked athletes’ stats will be included in the records of MLB, a place some have thought they should have been long ago.

But what is the story of the Negro Leagues? Our conversation with Raymond Doswell, Vice-president of the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum in Kansas City, answers that question and more. The story of the Negro Leagues is about world-class players in a segregated society, but there is so much more to it. The Leagues represent the struggle for equality in a time not that different from our own!

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