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Welday Walker (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 Lauren Camean

Jackie Robinson is often assumed to be the first African American to play in professional baseball, but in fact there were a selected few admirable precursors. 

Hall of Famer J.L. Wilkinson (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 Tina Zayat 

The uniforms have changed.  Umpiring has changed.  And the equipment has evolved.  But one of the most influential changes to the game of baseball has been men willing to risk it all on a bright idea: Electric light.  

Rachel Robinson speaking during the re-dedication of her husband's, Jackie Robinson, plaque. (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 Lenny DiFranza 

Elston Howard (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 Ricky Gomez 

Buck O'Neil (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 Max Miller

arl Weaver managed the Orioles with intensity, flair, and acerbic wit for 17 seasons. (NBHOF Library)

COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. – The baseball universe will always remember the passion Earl Weaver had for the game. He had so much passion he was ejected from more ballgames than any other manager in American League history.

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But that passion also resulted in four AL pennants and one World Series win – and a plaque at the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown.

2013 BBWAA Hall of Fame Candidate Woody Williams (NBHOF Library)

Woody Williams endured an unspeakable family tragedy during his 15-year big league career.

His appearance on the 2013 Baseball Writers’ Association of America Hall of Fame ballot speaks volumes about a player who overcame the tallest obstacles en route to 132 big league wins.

2013 BBWAA Hall of Fame Candidate Bernie Williams (NBHOF Library)

Bernie Williams entered the big leagues with the expectation that he would continue the legacy of All-Star New York Yankees center fielders.

After 16 years, four Gold Glove Awards and four World Series championships, Williams fulfilled his destiny. Today, he stands on the threshold of the Hall of Fame.

2013 BBWAA Hall of Fame Candidate Rondell White (NBHOF Library)

Rondell White emerged from the legendary Montreal Expos farm system of the 1990s as one of the hottest prospects in the major leagues.

Over 15 big league seasons, White lived up to his billing – and now finds himself on the doorstep of the Hall of Fame.

White is one of 37 players on the 2013 Baseball Writers’ Association of America ballot for the Class of 2013 at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum. White is making his debut on the ballot.

2013 BBWAA Hall of Fame Candidate David Wells (NBHOF Library)

David Wells’ career – on and off the diamond – was one of a kind.

Today, Wells stands on the verge of the one-and-only Mecca of baseball: The Hall of Fame.

Wells is one of 37 players on the 2013 Baseball Writers’ Association of America ballot for the Class of 2013 at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum. Wells is making his debut on the BBWAA Hall of Fame ballot.

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