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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. 

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.

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