Stories of Black baseball

Stories that highlight the lives and experiences of Black ballplayers through key moments in history, artifacts and baseball cards.

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Doby blazed trails on, off field

On June 30, 1978, Larry Doby became the second African-American to manage a big league team.

Gamble’s bat, good humor and hair made him an icon of the 1970s

The affable outfielder's Afro made Oscar Gamble one of the most recognizable players of his time.

Baseball History, American History and You

Often referred to as America's National Pastime, baseball has had a very active role in the shaping of this nation.

Negro Leagues No-No’s

These five Hall of Famers threw gems that are now part of MLB history.

Allen turned bigotry off the diamond into success on it

As a pioneering prospect and award-winning rookie, Dick Allen had to manage a contentious relationship with antagonistic fans during the first chapter of his career.

Felipe Alou challenged racism en route to the big leagues

Felipe Alou overcame systemic racism during his first professional season in the Giants organization before enjoying a successful playing and managerial career.

Lyman Bostock remembered for character on and off the field

The Twins and Angels outfielder was part of a two-generation baseball family, displayed extraordinary all-around talent and showed himself to be a man of character.

MLK, baseball supported each other in quest of civil rights

Jackie Robinson and Roberto Clemente crossed paths with Martin Luther King Jr. in their fights for civil rights and racial equality.

Leon Wagner fought battles on and off the field

Leon Wagner thrived as a productive, power-hitting major leaguer, but things took a turn for the worst in his post-playing days.

Exhibition complements exhibit as Hall celebrates Black baseball history

On Memorial Day Weekend, the Hall of Fame will celebrate the opening of The Souls of the Game exhibit a with tribute to the Negro Leagues' legendary East-West All-Star Games.

Hall of Fame will celebrate Black Baseball with East-West Classic Game during Memorial Day Weekend

Legends game to be played May 25 at Cooperstown’s Doubleday Field; Museum’s new “The Souls of the Game” exhibit to debut the same day.

Cool Papa Bell earns Hall call

Prolific speedster Cool Papa Bell's 1974 election to the Hall of Fame was a long time coming.

Black Baseball Initiative engages students with crucial history lessons

On field trips from around Upstate New York, inner-city students have explored baseball history and been inspired by the triumphs of Black legends.

They also played: Black women in baseball

The history of Black women in baseball dates to the earliest days of the National Pastime.

Lucas broke barriers in Braves’ front office

Bill Lucas rose in the Braves' system from marginalized minor leaguer to baseball's first Black general manager. But his tragic death ended a promising career far too early.

O’Neil’s work as a scout opened doors for many players

Buck O'Neil's scouting work brought countless Black stars to the big leagues, some of whom went on to enjoy Hall of Fame careers.

Charlie Grant’s brush with the big leagues

In 1901, Baltimore manager John McGraw attempted to field Charlie Grant, an African American, by labeling him Native American.