1946 Negro Baseball yearbook (Jackie Robinson cover)
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1946 Negro Baseball yearbook (Jackie Robinson cover)
The first appearance of an official "color line" in baseball dates back to 1868 when the National Association of Baseball Players voted unanimously to bar "any club which may be comprised of one or more colored persons." When baseball attained professional status the next season, pro teams were not bound by the amateur association's ruling, and during the late 19th century, black ballplayers appeared on integrated teams, and some black teams played in integrated leagues. But gradually, black players began to be excluded, and by the beginning of the twentieth century there were no black players in organized baseball.

Black Americans, however, continued to play baseball. By necessity they played on all-black teams and eventually in all-negro leagues. In 1920, Rube Foster, the father of black baseball, founded the Negro National League. In 1933 a new Negro National League was formed and the Negro American League was chartered in 1937. During their existence, the Negro Leagues played eleven World Series and created their own All-Star Game that became the biggest black sports attraction in the country. The Negro Leagues showcased some of the greatest baseball talent of all time.

In 1947, major league baseball's "color barrier" was broken when Branch Rickey signed Jackie Robinson to a Brooklyn Dodger contract. Almost daily during that baseball season, Robinson would receive hate mail and death threats from racist fans who wanted to keep baseball exclusively a white man's game. Incredibly and against all odds, Jackie Robinson was given the 1947 National League Rookie of the Year honors. He went on to have a Hall of Fame career with the Brooklyn Dodgers.

This 1946 "Negro Baseball" yearbook, featuring Jackie Robinson on the cover, holds tremendous historical significance. Nineteen-forty six would be Robinson's last year in "Negro" baseball. Actually it wouldn't be much longer before the Negro Leagues disbanded altogether. Jackie Robinson paved the way for other black men to play in the major leagues; the demise of the Negro Leagues (following the 1948 season) was inevitable as the younger black players began to be signed by the white major league franchises.
Additional Information
Product ID 113
Category Black Americana, Books/Magazines, Sports
Circa 1946
Condition near mint
Price 1275.00
Status Sold
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