How Reclassifying Negro Leagues As Part Of MLB Acknowledges Suppressed Past

By Steve Goldstein
Published: Thursday, December 17, 2020 - 12:20pm
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One hundred years after its founding, the Negro Leagues have been officially reclassified as part of Major League Baseball.

Seven leagues made up the Negro Leagues between 1920 and 1948, and those circuits were in effect because MLB didn’t allow Black players into the league until Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier with the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1947.

For more about the significance of the move, The Show spoke with Scott Bush. He is chief executive officer of the Society for American Baseball Research, which is based in Phoenix.

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