The Negro Leagues And Baseball

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The Negro Leagues and Baseball In the early to mid-twentieth century, Negroes were discriminated on to the extent of everything they did. They were discriminated on by whites and were separated in their daily rituals. For example they would have to use a different restroom reserved for only Negroes or they would have to use a different water fountain reserved for Negroes as well. The Negro life was no fun and extremely unwelcoming. Everything was separated and distinguished between Negroes and whites, so the Negroes made their own facilities and institutions. One of the institutions they made was called the Negro Leagues. Since Major League Baseball was only open to white men, Negro men were not allowed in the league no matter how much talent they had. The Negro Leagues started out around the same time the Major Leagues started which was 1867. The early Negro Leagues that were established in the 1860 to 1900 really were not established and organized, but were more like an amateur league for Negros to play the sport of baseball. It wasn’t until the American League was established in 1901 when the Negro Leagues became more popular. The Negro Leagues had lots of potential talent, but players from these leagues were not welcomed in the Major Leagues because no team would take the risk of having a Negro on their team. Besides the fact that there were the Negro Leagues, it was not just one league, but there were many Negro Leagues. For example, the National Negro League (NNL) was one of the first nationally based leagues for Negroes. Founded by Andrew “Rube” Foster, he brought together owners of the Midwestern teams and settled an agreement to make the league. It got the most recognition during its time which was initially establish... ... middle of paper ... ... were worthy to play in the Major Leagues. He then took in Jackie Robinson for an interview and asked him if he could handle the racial comments that were to come” (Kenny 36). Robinson believed that he could handle it and was signed to the Montreal Royals, who were in the Minor Leagues. He excelled exceptionally in the 1946 season, where he was awarded the Most Valuable Player award. In the next season, Robinson was moved up to the Major Leagues in 1947, where he would break the color barrier of Major League Baseball. Though he was not the best player to be picked out of the Negro Leagues, he was the most revolutionary. Robinson risked his life to pursue the majors and opened a whole new world to the other Negroes. On April 15, 1947, “Jackie Robinson made his Major League Baseball debut, hoarding in over 26,000 spectators, 14,000 which were Negroes” (Kenny 37).
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