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File #: 20-4355    Version: 1 Name: HONORING THE PLAYERS AND TEAMS OF NEGRO BASEBALL LEAGUE
Type: Consent Calendar Resolution Status: Approved
File created: 9/18/2020 In control: Board of Commissioners
On agenda: 9/24/2020 Final action: 9/24/2020
Title: PROPOSED RESOLUTION HONORING THE PLAYERS AND TEAMS OF THE NEGRO BASEBALL LEAGUES WHEREAS, African Americans have been playing baseball since it was invented however, on December 11, 1868, Black ballplayers were barred from participation by the National Association of Baseball Players. The association's governing body voted unanimously to forbid any club which was composed of one or more people of color from participating; and WHEREAS, Blacks began organizing their own professional baseball teams in 1885, the first professional team was the Cuban Giants; and WHEREAS, The newly formed Black teams played as independent ball clubs until the organization of the first Black league in 1920. That year Rube Foster, known as the father of Black baseball, founded the Negro National League. In 1923, Ed Bolden formed the Eastern Colored League. These two leagues thrived for several years, but eventually declined because of financial difficulties. In 1933, a new Negro National League was formed ...
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PROPOSED RESOLUTION

HONORING THE PLAYERS AND TEAMS OF THE NEGRO BASEBALL LEAGUES

WHEREAS, African Americans have been playing baseball since it was invented however, on December 11, 1868, Black ballplayers were barred from participation by the National Association of Baseball Players. The association's governing body voted unanimously to forbid any club which was composed of one or more people of color from participating; and

WHEREAS, Blacks began organizing their own professional baseball teams in 1885, the first professional team was the Cuban Giants; and

WHEREAS, The newly formed Black teams played as independent ball clubs until the organization of the first Black league in 1920. That year Rube Foster, known as the father of Black baseball, founded the Negro National League. In 1923, Ed Bolden formed the Eastern Colored League. These two leagues thrived for several years, but eventually declined because of financial difficulties. In 1933, a new Negro National League was formed and the Negro American League was chartered in 1937; and

WHEREAS, six separate baseball leagues, known collectively as the Negro Baseball Leagues, were organized by African Americans between 1920 and 1960; and

WHEREAS, in 1910 Rube Foster and Frank Leland organized the Chicago American Giants; for the first decade of the team's existence, they won every declared western championship; and

WHEREAS, starting in 1933 the Negro Leagues' East-West All Star Game was played annually at Comiskey Park; and

WHEREAS, At their height the Negro Baseball Leagues held World Series and all-star games. They were especially successful in World War II; and

WHEREAS, the Negro Baseball Leagues included exceptionally talented players, such as Richard "Cannonball Dick" Redding, Willie James Wells, Leroy "Satchel" Paige, Hilton Lee Smith, and Larry Doby; and

WHEREAS, many Negro League teams also welcomed women players such as Pearl Barrett, Toni Stone, Mamie "Peanut" Johnson and Constance "Connie...

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