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African Americans In Baseball

African Americans In Baseball
September 3, 2006
The Hartford Courant

1884: Moses "Fleetwood" Walker signs with Toledo of the American Association, becoming the first African American to join a major league team.

1885: The Babylon, N.Y.-based Cuban Giants become the first professional all-black team. Players pose as Cubans to hide their race.

1886: The Southern League of Black Base Ballists is the first all-black league.

1887: The National Colored Base Ball League is formed, but poor attendance causes the league to fold after two weeks.

1890: The International League bans African American players. Other leagues follow.

1920: The National Negro League is formed in Kansas City.

1924: After the six-team Eastern Colored League was formed in 1923, the first Black World Series is played between Kansas City and Philadelphia.

1924: Baseball commissioner Kenesaw "Mountain" Landis forces major league teams to stop playing popular exhibition games against barnstorming Negro League teams.

1928: The Eastern Colored League disbands. The American Negro League is formed, but it lasts only one season.

1931: The Negro National League goes bankrupt during the Great Depression. The next year, the newly formed East-West League doesn't make it through one season before folding.

1933: The revamped Negro National League begins play.

1937: The golden age of the Negro Leagues begins when the Negro American League is formed. In the Negro National League, the Homestead Grays, led by Josh Gibson, begin a run of nine consecutive championships.

1947: Jackie Robinson becomes the first black player in the modern major leagues when he debuts with the Brooklyn Dodgers. The second baseman wins the National League Rookie of the Year. Also in '47, the Cleveland Indians sign Larry Doby and he becomes the American League's first black player.

1948: With African American fans turning their attention to the major leagues, Negro League attendance suffers and the Negro National

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