The Nine - Baseball is confronting a decline in African American players

Sports August 20, 2021 Sports
The Nine - Baseball is confronting a decline in African American
players

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There is a heritage passed down among what is now a small but proud subset of baseball players — a history, living and breathing, that says as much about our revered “national pastime” as it does about the Black people who play it.

Within the long arc of that history — from segregation through Jackie Robinson’s debut, the 1970s heyday of the Black ballplayer and his disappearance from the game in recent decades — we have arrived at what feels like a nadir, with Black players, who once made up a fifth of all major league rosters, now making up less than 8 percent.

Illustrations by Desiree Kelly

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