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MLB Elevates Negro Leagues to Major League Status in Effort to Correct Decades of Racism

HeadlineDec 17, 2020

In sports news, Major League Baseball has formally recognized the Negro Leagues as a “major league.” Over 3,400 players and their stats will now be part of the MLB official record. Some of baseball’s greatest stars, including Jackie Robinson, Willie Mays, Josh Gibson, Ernie Banks and Roy Campanella, played for the Negro National League — which celebrated its 100th anniversary this year — before the MLB allowed the first Black players to join in 1947. MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred said, “the Negro Leagues produced many of our game’s best players, innovations and triumph against a backdrop of injustice. We are now grateful to count the players of the Negro Leagues where they belong.”

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