MLB Recognizes Negro Leagues as Major Leagues

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In a long overdue move, Major League Baseball on Wednesday announced that the league will officially recognize the Negro Leagues as a major leagues.

As part of the decision, all statistics and records from thousands of Black players who played in nine different Negro Leagues will be entered into the record books.

Addressing what MLB described as a “long overdue recognition,” commissioner Rob Manfred on Wednesday bestowed Major League status upon seven professional Negro Leagues that operated between 1920 and 1948. The decision means that the approximately 3,400 players of the Negro Leagues during this time period are officially considered Major Leaguers, with their stats and records becoming a part of Major League history.

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