Outside Pitch did a terrific Q&A with Negro League Baseball Museum president Bob Kendrick. (Kendrick is pictured above with Thomas Tull (a producer of "42'), along with actors Harrison Ford and Chadwick Boseman, who played Jackie Robinson.) If you're not current on the details of the Negro Leagues — how they were formed and what happened there — this interview is a great place to start. And if you're ever in Kansas City, visiting the museum is a must. If you desire a more informed knowledge of baseball history, start reading about it.
Here are 10 things from Outside Pitch's interview about the Negro Leagues you might not have known:
1. The Negro Leagues were, literally, more than one league.
In all, there were six organizations. After Rube Foster established the Negro National League in 1920, a man named Ed Bolden founded the Eastern Colored League in 1923. The first Negro Leagues World Series happened a year later.
2. The Negro Leagues allowed white players. Eddie Klepp was the first openly white player in 1946.
3. The 1919 Black Sox weren't the only group banned by commissioner Kenesaw Mountain Landis. He outlawed competition between Negro Leagues and the majors after he took office in 1920.
There's more to Negro Leagues history than Satchel Paige, Josh Gibson and Jackie Robinson. Find out more at Outside Pitch and elsewhere.
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