Negro Leagues


Late last year, Major League Baseball decided to alter its record books by adding Negro League statistics to baseball's official record.

In his annual Black History Month essay for Reading Baseball, Pete Peterson highlights some of the top players from the Negro Leagues, some of whom made it to the big leagues and others who didn't get the chance.


2020 marks the 100th anniversary of the Negro Leagues.

People from the world of politics, professional athletics and entertainment tipped their caps this past summer to honor the players, many of whom were denied the hope of playing in the Major Leagues.

In this edition of Reading Baseball, Pete Peterson tips his cap to a mostly overlooked Negro League player who broke his own barriers in the game.


Last month's royal wedding of Prince Harry and American Meghan Markle captured the attention of people across the world. In this edition of Reading Baseball, Pete Peterson tells us how the international event even had a connection related to arguably one of the greatest baseball teams in history.

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Mamie Johnson died recently. Most people probably don't know why she is considered a pitching pioneer.

In his annual Black History Month essay, Pete Peterson tells us how Johnson - who wasn't allowed to play in a female professional baseball league - made her mark playing with men in the Negro Leagues.