Baseball enthusiast Shakeia Taylor discusses the intersection of the Civil War, the formation of the Negro Leagues, and the roles of women as players and team owners from 1861-1947.
For the baseball novice or expert.
Following the Civil War, baseball rose to national prominence, eventually becoming known as “America’s pastime.” Reconstruction and the segregation of the Jim Crow south meant baseball mirrored society at large with Black baseball players male and female being excluded from Major League Baseball. Seeking opportunities to play this bourgeoning sport led to the formation the Negro Leagues. Many iterations of Negro leagues and Negro leagues baseball were developed. What made the Negro Leagues stand out was the role women played within the league. Several ball clubs had women on their rosters while others had women owners.
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