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Blackball: A Separate Game Part 2

1925 - 1955

"I never had a job. I always played baseball."

Satchel Paige

Blackball: A Separate Game Part 2

1925 - 1955

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  • <p>1948 East-West All-Star Game Program, Interior...
  • <p>1948 East-West All-Star Game Program, Interior...
  • <p>1948 East-West All-Star Game Program, Interior...
  • <p>1948 East-West All-Star Game Program, Interior...
  • <p>1948 East-West All-Star Game Program, Interior...
  • 1924

    The first Negro League World Series is played between the Kansas City Monarchs, the Negro National League champions, and the Hilldale Club, the Eastern Colored League champions. Kansas City wins the championship, five games to four.

  • <p>Opening game from 1927 of the Eastern Color...
  • <p>First Colored East v. West World Series...
  • 1925-1949

    Various all-black professional leagues play ball throughout the United States.

  • <p>Ink and gauche artwork of July 4th...
  • <p>James “Cool Papa” Bell, photograph by Ernest...
  • <p>Josh Gibson, Oscar Charleston, Mrs.</p>
  • <p>1931 “Cool Papa” Bell game-used baseball bat...
  • 1937

    The Homestead Grays begin their nine-year reign as champions of the Negro National League, featuring great stars such as Josh Gibson, Buck Leonard, “Cool” Papa Bell, Raymond Brown, and others.

  • <p>1932 Philadelphia Royal Giants Japanese tour...
  • <p>Biz Mackey signed photo from Philadelphia...
  • <p>1935 Josh Gibson photograph from mid-1930s</p>
  • <p>1936 Newark Eagles team photo at Randall’s...
  • <p>Josh Gibson game-used bat from 1935 when he...
  • <p>Josh Gibson was the greatest long-ball hitter...
  • <p>Josh Gibson was the greatest long-ball hitter...
  • 1946

    Jackie Robinson, formerly of the Kansas City Monarchs, is signed by the Brooklyn Dodgers and debuts with their minor league team, the Montreal Royals. He is the first African-American baseball player to play in the white minor leagues in half a century.

  • <p>Lightly autographed original photo of Martin...
  • <p>Buck Leonard’s personal Homestead Grays...
  • <p>“Mule” Suttles photograph</p>
  • <p>Buck Leonard’s personal 1938 East-West All...
  • <p>1937 Dominican Republic “Ciudad Trujillo” team...
  • <p>1939 “Mule” Suttles game-used bat</p>
  • <p>Letter from Sol White to Walter Schlichter’s...
  • <p>Josh Gibson playing with the Homestead Grays...
  • <p>1942 Homestead Grays Radio Trophy Ball...
  • <p>Josh Gibson and Buck Leonard autographed...
  • 1947

    Jackie Robinson joins the Brooklyn Dodgers to become the first African-American player in Major League Baseball during the modern era. This year, he wins the National League Rookie of the Year Award and helps the Dodgers win the pennant.

    Larry Doby is signed by the Cleveland Indians and becomes the first African-American player in the American League.

  • <p>Willard Brown signed photograph</p>
  • <p>Buck Leonard’s personal photo of the 1945 East...
  • <p>1946 Negro League World Series Opening Game...
  • <p>Negro League Yearbook with Jackie Robinson on...
  • 1948

    The Negro National League plays it final season, disbanding at the end of the year.

    The legendary Satchel Paige, who has played black baseball since 1926, is signed by the Cleveland Indians and becomes Major League Baseball’s oldest "rookie" at the age of 42.

  • <p>1953 “Roy Campanella’s All-Stars” photo with...
  • <p>Newark Eagles Team Mates Monte Irvin and Larry...
  • 1952

    By the end of the 1952 season, over 150 former professional baseball players who played in the Negro Leagues have been integrated into white organized baseball.

  • <p>1948 East-West All-Star Game Program owned by...
Origins of the GameOur National PastimeFrom Dead Ball to Live BallBabe Ruth and the Long BallFrom the Ballfields to the Battlefields

Why is baseball universally considered our National Pastime? Some say the game, at its apex, often achieves something lofty. However expressed, we all can agree that baseball, with its deep American roots, touches us all.

 

 

When a baseball player uses the main tool of his trade, the baseball bat, he is gripping the most important single weapon in his arsenal. Each is customized to a certain weight, length, and feel. This exhibit features the bats used by some of baseball’s greats during their professional career.