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Throughout Black History Month in February, the Hall of Fame celebrates the lives of African Americans who made historic contributions to the National Pastime.

By Max Miller 

Charlie Grant (NBHOF Library)

Throughout Black History Month in February, the Hall of Fame celebrates the lives of African Americans who made historic contributions to the National Pastime.

By Amanda Rodriguez

Long before Jackie Robinson was born, Charlie Grant had the opportunity to be a pioneer in 1901, when he attempted to secretly cross the unwritten color line of the major leagues. 

Pumpsie Green (NBHOF Library)

Throughout Black History Month in February, the Hall of Fame celebrates the lives of African Americans who made historic contributions to the National Pastime.

By Adrianna Mondore 

Bob Watson (NBHOF Library)

Throughout Black History Month in February, the Hall of Fame celebrates the lives of African Americans who made historic contributions to the National Pastime.

By Cassidy Lent 

Bob “Bull” Watson was a two-time National League All-Star at first base, but he may best be known for his work as a pioneering general manager. 

Willie Horton (NBHOF Library)

Throughout Black History Month in February, the Hall of Fame celebrates the lives of African Americans who made historic contributions to the National Pastime.

By Bruce Markusen

To the people of Detroit, Willie Horton is more than just a retired baseball star. He has achieved the status of a civil rights hero.

Throughout Black History Month in February, the Hall of Fame celebrates the lives of African Americans who made historic contributions to the National Pastime.

By Jackson Malnati

While skilled and athletic, Octavius Catto was plenty more than just a ballplayer. An excellent leader both on the field and off, his life’s work amounted to a resume of astounding proportions. By the time of his death in October 1871, Catto was recognized an educator, organizer, and activist.

Herb Washington (Doug McWilliams/NBHOF Library)

Throughout Black History Month in February, the Hall of Fame celebrates the lives of African Americans who made historic contributions to the National Pastime.

By Adrianna Mondore

The Oakland Athletics made Major League baseball history when they signed Herb Washington as the first ever “designated runner” in 1974.

Sam Lacy (NBHOF Library)

Throughout Black History Month in February, the Hall of Fame celebrates the lives of African Americans who made historic contributions to the National Pastime.

By Bill Francis

Recognized as a pioneer in baseball journalism, Sam Lacy spent the majority of his long life attempting to place sports’ daily happenings into a larger cultural context.

Bill White (NBHOF Library)

Throughout Black History Month in February, the Hall of Fame celebrates the lives of African Americans who made historic contributions to the National Pastime.

By Adrianna Mondore

Over 40 years after Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier for players in Major League Baseball, Bill White became the first African-American president of a Major League.

It was another history-making moment for a man who left his mark on the game on the field, in the front office and in the broadcast booth.

Left to right: King Tut, Oscar Charleston, Connie Morgan. (NBHOF Library)

Throughout Black History Month in February, the Hall of Fame celebrates the lives of African Americans who made historic contributions to the National Pastime.

By Adrianna Mondore 

Many African-American men joined the Negro Leagues in the first half of the 20th Century because it was the only way they could get a chance to play baseball, as the Major League was not yet fully integrated. 

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