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Negro Leagues, MLB

100 Years Later, MLB Elevates Negro Leagues to Major League Status

Major League Baseball has righted a generations-old wrong this week by elevating the Negro Leagues to MLB status. This inclusion will allow for 3,400 Black players from seven leagues that formed due to segregation and had operated between 1920 and 1948 to receive newfound recognition in a number of ways,…

Major League Baseball Donated to Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith After Video of 'Public Hanging' Remark Surfaced

Republican Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith’s “joke” about attending “a public hanging” — a method of domestic terrorism that killed hundreds of Black people in Mississippi — resulted in major companies withdrawing their support, except for Major League Baseball (MLB). Hyde-Smith recently received the legal maximum donation of $5,000 from the MLB….

Papa John's Driven Out of Professional Sports after Founder's Racist Conference Call Comments

To date, 20 athletic organizations — from collegiate sports to professional sport leagues (MLB, MLS, NBA, NFL) — have cut ties with Papa John’s after founder and former CEO John Schnatter’s N-word comments on a conference call. The severing included renaming stadiums and discontinuing or suspending promotions and partnerships. Oregon…

Sammy Sosa's Changing Looks are Skin Deep

It’s been 10 years since Sammy Sosa suited up for a big league game, and 13 years since he played with the Chicago Cubs on Wringley Field, yet the former slugger has still found himself landing in the press and these days it has less to do with the athletic…

New MLB Hire Shows Just How Much of a Joke Diversity Is to Baseball

By Michael Nam On Sunday, May 17th the Miami Marlins baseball franchise made a curious choice to replace their manager, Mike Redmond. Rather than working with the current “Selig Rule” to review multiple diverse candidates for the role, the Marlins went with their general manager, Dan Jennings, another white guy,…

The Measure of Diversity That Only One U.S. Pro Sport Meets

By Chris Hoenig There is only one professional sports league in the United States in which at least 50 percent of the players are not of a single race or ethnicity. And no, it’s not one of the so-called “Big Four.” It’s Major League Soccer. In every other major sports…