10 Facts About Negro leagues


Negro leagues were United States professional baseball leagues comprising teams of African Americans and, to a lesser extent, Latin Americans.

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Negro leagues indoctrinated them to take the extra base, to play hit and run on nearly every pitch, and to rattle the opposing pitcher by taking them deep into the count.

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Negro leagues studied the mechanics of his pitchers and could spot the smallest flaw, turning his average pitchers into learned craftsmen.

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Just like the major leagues, the Negro leagues saw many stars miss one or more seasons while fighting overseas.

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Negro leagues later said in his biography that he could not, in good conscience, tell black players they could not play baseball with whites when they had fought for their country.

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Negro leagues's list was eventually narrowed down to three: Roy Campanella, Don Newcombe and Jackie Robinson.

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Negro leagues "integrated" around the same time, as Eddie Klep pitched for the Cleveland Buckeyes during the 1946 season, becoming the first white American to play in the Negro leagues.

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Some proposals were floated to bring the Negro leagues into "organized baseball" as developmental leagues for black players, but that was recognized as contrary to the goal of full integration.

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Early Negro leagues were unable to attract and retain top talent due to financial, logistical and contractual difficulties.

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Also at this time, Negro leagues began to appear in the west, just as in other sports, due to the post-War boom and improved transportation modes.

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