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Saturday, 16 February 2013

BLACK SOCIAL HISTORY :THE DEVELOPMENT OF BLACK BASE BALL LEAGUES AND TEAMS :

Shortly after the Civil War ended, the first public base ball game between black teams was played. The Brooklyn Unique played the Philadelphia Excelsiors  37 to 24. but lost in there home turf. In the next 20 years more than 200 black teams would be formed around the country. Blacks were able to play on traditionally white teams especially in the more tolerant North and mid west. Jim Crow Laws and racism prevented them from making significant inroads, all opportunities were lost in 1890 when the National Association Of Base Ball Players rejected Blacks from playing. The so called Gentlemans Agreement to Bar Black Teams from the organized leagues for the next fifty years was done to prevent "Some division of feelings where as by excluding them no injury could result.
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Undeterred the South, Mid West and North all saw new Black teams in play. They traveled  the country playing other Black teams and often challenging all white teams to exhibition games. In 1888 the Cuban Giants defeated the all white New York by four games to one game. With the dawn of the 20th century brought the growth of many black teams across the country. With the great migration many blacks moved from the south to the Northern Industrialized states and saw many black teams develop in the Urban areas.