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Negro Leagues Baseball: Welcome

A virtual exhibit with links to resources related to the history of Negro Leagues Baseball.

Overview

This virtual exhibit includes links to resources related to the history of Negro Leagues Baseball and serves as an extension to the physical display that is periodically showcased in the Langston Hughes Memorial Library.

First colored world series, opening game Oct. 11, 1924 photo

"First colored world series, opening game Oct. 11, 1924, Kansas City, Mo. / J.E. Mille[r], K.C. / Public domain

By J.E. Mille[r], K.C. - This image is available from the United States Library of Congress's Prints and Photographs division under the digital ID ppmsca.18576.This tag does not indicate the copyright status of the attached work. A normal copyright tag is still required. See Commons:Licensing for more information., Public Domain, Link

Introduction

Negro Leagues Baseball 100th anniversary bannerAfrican Americans were an integral part of the early history of baseball.  Despite racism and segregation, the Negro Leagues were formally organized and subsequently thrived.  From their inception in 1920 through their demise in 1959, they made history by not only breaking boundaries but also by introducing the world to some of the sport’s most revered players.

1945 Jackie Robinson Kansas City Monarchs photo

Jackie Robinson in his Kansas City Monarchs Uniform, 1945

By Kansas City Call newspaper (first publication) - Library of Congress/American Memory/Baseball and Jackie Robinson, Public Domain, Link

crowd at Schorling's baseball park 1925 photo

A crowd at Schorling's baseball park enjoying the national pastime; Home of Rube Foster's American Giants, 1925

From The New York Public Library

 

The Negro National League annual meeting held in Chicago on January 28, 1922

Unknown author / Public domain

1948 Satchel Paige baseball card

1948 Leroy "Satchel" Paige Baseball Card

Leaf International / Public domain

 

1928 St. Louis Stars Championship photo

1928 St. Louis Stars, World's Champions, National Negro League World Series

Courtesy of the Missouri Historical Society, St. Louis

A. P. Martin's Barber College Team vs Vapor City Tigers, Baseball Ad

By John A. Biggs - Publisher - Hot Spring New Era Newspaper - August 14, 1920, Public Domain, Link

1953 Monte Irvin baseball card

Monte Irvin 1953

Bowman Gum / Public domain

Three Baltimore Black Sox, January 5, 1922

By Unknown author - https://ghostsofbaltimore.org/2014/01/22/negro-leagues-baltimore-black-sox/, Public Domain, Link

Hamtramck Stadium photo

Hamtramck Stadium, Hamtramck MI Exterior of grandstand

 By Andrew Jameson - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, Link

1931 Josh Gibson photo

Josh Gibson 1931

By Harrison Studio - This file has been extracted from another file: 1930-31 Homstead Grays.jpg, Public Domain, Link

1919 Chicago American Giants photo

By Unknown author - Team publicity photo for 1919 Chicago American Giants baseball team, Public Domain, Link

Weldy Walker's 1888 letter

Letter on racial segregation in baseball written by Weldy D. Walker published in The Sporting Life, March 14,1888

Weldy Walker / Public domain

1953 Larry Doby baseball card

Larry Doby 1953

Bowman Gum / Public domain

1907 St. Paul Colored Gophers photo

1907 St. Paul Colored Gophers

Appeal Photographer / Public domain

1932 Pittsburgh Crawfords

Harrison Studio / Public domain

 

Brooklyn Colored Giants Play Here On Friday Night

Fast Pro Club to Meet Kutzt'wn Nine

published in the Kutztown Patriot, July 23, 1931,

copyright: Kutztown University of Pennsylvania

1940 Boston Tigers photo

1940 Boston Tigers 

Marisa McDaniels / CC BY-SA

 

1948 Negro League All Star Game Ticket

NYC - UES - MCNY - The Glory Days - 1948 Negro League

All Star Game ticket

by Wally Gobetz, July 4, 2007,  Creative Commons License 

negro league pennants

NYC - UES - MCNY - The Glory Days - Negro League Pennants

by Wally Gobetz, July 4, 2007, Creative Commons License

Effa Manley photograph

Effa Manley at Baseball Hall of Fame

By EricEnfermero - Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, Link

Negro league baseball exhibit at the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2014, featuring an image of former player Josh Gibson.

EricEnfermero / CC BY-SA

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History.com - Negro League Baseball

YouTube.com - Only The Ball Was White

Featured Books

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Color Blind book jacket
If You Were Only White book jacket
We are the Ship book jacket
Barnstorming to Heaven book jacket
Satchel Paige's America book jacket
Out of the Shadows book jacket
Promises to Keep book jacket
Black Baseball's National Showcase book jacket
The Power and the Darkness book jacket
Jackie Robinson an intimate portrait book jacket
Buck Leonard : the Black Lou Gehrig the Hall of Famer's story in his own words book jacket