February 13th in African American History – The Negro National League

The Negro National LeagueFebruary 13, 1920 The Negro National League was established by a coalition of baseball team owners at a Kansas City YMCA.

Led by Rube Foster, the NNL was the first African American baseball league to achieve stability and last more than one season. At first the league operated mainly in the Midwest with teams in Kansas City in the west and Pittsburgh in the east.

In 1924, the league expanded to the south by adding teams in Birmingham and Memphis. The NNL disbanded in 1931 under the economic stress of the Great Depression.

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