The Origins and History of Negro League Baseball

Baseball has had a remarkable history since the game was invented in the late 1800's. The sport has undergone several changes, even though the basic concept of the game has remained the same. The equipment, athleticism and strategies involved have all changed since the early days. However, one of the biggest change took place in the 1950's, when a star of Negro League Baseball, Jackie Robinson, became the first African-American to play in a Major League Baseball game.

The Negro Leagues had been around for many decades and provided an opportunity for African Americans, as well as Latin American players. This gave the world the chance to see such legendary players such as Satchel Paige, Josh Gibson, Buck Leonard, and Cool Papa Bell compete.

Unfortunately, most Negro League players never had an opportunity to play in the Major Leagues. For the ones that were not able to play in the majors, the Negro Leagues gave them an opportunity to play baseball at the highest level.

For more information about the history of the Negro Leagues and the players that participated, here are some useful webpages to review. We hope this gives you a good basis of information about this historic era in the evolution of baseball.