MLB to give Negro Leagues ‘long overdue recognition’

Negro Leagues' records to be incorporated in with those of the Major Leagues

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December 17, 2020 - 9:43 AM

The Negro Leagues Baseball Museum in Kansas City, Mo., is dedicated to preserving the history of African-American baseball. Photo by (Mark Taylor/Chicago Tribune/TNS)

One hundred years later, the Negro Leagues are finally, officially, a major league too.

Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred announced Wednesday that seven of the historic all-Black professional baseball leagues, which operated between 1920 and 1948, will be elevated to major league status, giving what MLB described as “long overdue recognition” to approximately 3,400 players who will now be added to its official statistics and record books.

“All of us who love baseball have long known that the Negro Leagues produced many of our game’s best players, innovations and triumphs against a backdrop of injustice,” Manfred said in a statement. “We are now grateful to count the players of the Negro Leagues where they belong: as Major Leaguers within the official historical record.”

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