Black Baseball Chronology
February 9, 2019 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
In honor of Black History Month.
This presentation takes a look at the involvement of African Americans and other people of color in American baseball. While there is evidence of inclusion during the early days of organized baseball (mid-19th Century); racial segregation became the norm near the turn of the century in what was referred to as a ‘gentlemen’s agreement’ excluding Black players from the highest levels of the game. Re-integration of the national pastime occurred in 1947 when Jackie Robinson (Brooklyn Dodgers – NL) and Larry Doby (Cleveland Indians – AL) appeared in games.
The presentation will also chronicle the history of Black baseball in Cleveland, Ohio from the early 1920s through 1950.
Presenter: Isaac (Ike) Brooks