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Negro Leagues Legacy

Stars of the Negro Leagues

Ben Taylor
Taylor one of the best first basemen in Negro Leagues
By Brian Wilson

Prior to Buck Leonard, Ben Taylor was the best first baseman to play in the Negro Leagues. Taylor was nimble around the bag, scooping poor throws to save his fellow infielders from errors.  More>>

Chino Smith
Smith career shortened by illness
By Brian Wilson

Left-handed batting Chino Smith could be the best hitting talent you never heard of. His premature death robbed Negro League fans of the opportunity to see him complete his career.  More>>

Photo Gallery

Grand Old Game
A look at the Negro Leagues in pictures.

Midsummer stars
A look at Negro Leaguers who made the All-Star team in the Major Leagues.


Test your Negro Leagues IQ
How much do you know about the Negro Leagues? Test your knowledge with our 20 questions.
Features
Showing respect
What Delino DeShields knows is to respect the Negro League players. If not for them, he says, he wouldn't be in the Major Leagues right now. More>>
The Genius
Andrew "Rube" Foster made sure the Negro Leagues was a successful business. Historian Steve Goldman has the details. More>>
Ink-tegration
Sportswriters Sam Lacy and Wendell Smith played a major role in getting Major League Baseball integrated. MLB.com's Jonathan Mayo explains. More>>
The first lady of black baseball
Aggressive and progressive, Effa Manley overcame racial barriers and gender bias to make her mark as one of the most significant figures in Negro League history. More>>

Mulitmedia Features
Video gems
Priceless stories on the Negro leagues and its players. Listen to players like Larry Doby talk about their experiences in the big leagues. More video>>

• Larry Doby comments on his shot playing in the Major Leagues. 56k | 300k
• Ray Dandridge says that Josh Gibson was the best hitter that he ever played with. 56k | 300k
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30 Facts You Didn't Know

25. The Negro National League used white umpires during its first two years of existence. Bill Donaldson became the first African American to umpire a Negro League game in 1923.
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Feature Lineup
Schedule/ Archive
Award winners
Jimmy Rollins and Juan Pierre accepted Legacy Awards last week from the employees at the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum. More>>

The motives
Branch Rickey had several reasons for signing Jackie Robinson to a pro contract with the Brooklyn Dodgers. Historian Steve Goldman has the details. More>>

Segregated Baseball: A Kaleidoscopic review
While the very existence of the Negro Leagues was necessary because of the racial divides in the United States, black baseball not only survived -- it excelled. More>

Traveling show
Barnstorming was common place in the Negro Leagues. More>



Negro League Museum
The American Experience
MLB.com's Robert Falkoff found out that there's a lot to learn when one goes inside the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum in Kasas City, Mo. More>