Baseball is ‘America’s game’ and Black Americans have played it since teams of slaves were formed on plantations in pre-Civil War days. But black baseball reached its glory days with the Negro leagues of the 1920s, 1930s, and 1940s. As we wait for this month’s announcement from the National Baseball Hall of Fame of which Negro League figures will be inducted, we review the highlights and history of African-American Baseball.


  • Lawrence Hogan Professor of History at Union County College; and author of "Shades of Glory: The Negro Leagues and the Story of African-American Baseball (National Geographic)
  • Stanley Glenn President, Negro League Baseball Players Association; and catcher, Philadelphia Stars (1944-50)
  • Dale Petroskey President, National Baseball Hall of Fame

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