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Black Baseball Chronology

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Baseball Heritage Museum

6601 Lexington Avenue

Cleveland, OH 44103

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In honor of Black History Month.

This presentation takes a look at the involvement of African Americans and other people of color in American baseball. While there is evidence of inclusion during the early days of organized baseball (mid-19th Century); racial segregation became the norm near the turn of the century in what was referred to as a ‘gentlemen’s agreement’ excluding Black players from the highest levels of the game. Re-integration of the national pastime occurred in 1947 when Jackie Robinson (Brooklyn Dodgers – NL) and Larry Doby (Cleveland Indians – AL) appeared in games.

The presentation will also chronicle the history of Black baseball in Cleveland, Ohio from the early 1920s through 1950.

Presenter: Isaac (Ike) Brooks

A Baseball Heritage Museum An All Star Year Program presented in part with the support of Cuyahoga Arts and Culture (CAC)

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