Pitchers and catchers reported first, then the rest of their teammates this week. It’s the start of baseball’s spring training. MLB, preparing for the 2020 season, gets started in late March, this year mired in controversy, the Houston Astros cheating scandal that took place in 2017 just now coming to light, but 100 years ago, baseball was mired in the controversy of America and its system of segregation.
Segregation and the mindset of those involved with Major League Baseball were intent on keeping it a white man’s game, and prevented African Americans from playing professional baseball.
History notes that Cleveland Indians’ owner and team president Bill Veeck proposed integrating their league in 1942. It had been informally segregated since the turn of the century. His suggestion was rejected by league commissioner, Kenesaw Mountain Landis.
This gave birth to the Negro Leagues and the creation of Black teams.
The governing body of the Negro National League and its governing body, the National Association of Colored Professional Baseball Clubs, was established in February of 1920 by Rube Foster, a former player and team manager considered by historians as…