Famous African American Baseball Players

Baseball is an American pastime full of history.  Some of the greatest baseball players ever, were and are, African American. Although blacks and whites have been playing the game for more than 200 years, baseball was played separately until the mid 20th century.

In the late 1870’s, Bud Fowler became the first known professional black player.  There were multiple black and white professional leagues, some of which showed success while others failed in a few short weeks.  It was the players talents that drew the crowds and determined the financial success of one league over another.

When baseball became desegrated, the players were able to compete fairly to prove who really was the best no matter what color or background.  African American baseball players continue to reach and surpass record scores, to be honored in the Baseball Hall of Fame and be leaders of the game.

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