Friday, June 30, 2017

Negro Leagues Baseball Museum-- --Part 2: To Keep It From Being Forgotten

All of its endeavors cost money and Major League Baseball and the players union have stepped in and presented the museum with a $1 million grant to help with operating costs, expansion plans and educational opportunities.

The integration of baseball in the 1940s and 1950s led to the decline of the Negro Leagues, and the last teams folded in the early 1960s.  By the late 1980s, the era was largely forgotten.

Tony Clark, the first black executive director of the players union, said the grant will help ensure the Negro Leagues and their players are never forgotten.  "Today's players are committed to providing opportunities for underserved populations to play baseball," Clark said.  "We all believe the Negro Leagues' storied history can play an important role in our game's future by inspiring minority youth to play."

Well, I am hoping most of the money will be going to preserving the history of the Negro Leagues.  Kids can always pick up a glove and a bat and learn to play on their own.


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