Main League Baseball has reclassified the Negro Leagues as a ‘Main League’ and can depend the statistics and data of its 3,400 gamers as a part of its historical past.

The league stated Wednesday it was “correcting a longtime oversight within the recreation’s historical past” by elevating the Negro Leagues on the centennial of its founding. The Negro Leagues consisted of seven leagues, and MLB will embody data from these circuits between 1920-48. The Negro Leagues started to dissolve one 12 months after Jackie Robinson grew to become MLB’s first Black participant with the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1947.

These leagues had been excluded in 1969 when the Particular Committee on Baseball Information recognized six official “main leagues” courting to 1876.

“It’s MLB’s view that the Committee’s 1969 omission of the Negro Leagues from consideration was clearly an error that calls for at the moment’s designation,” the league stated in an announcement.

MLB stated it thought-about enter from the Nationwide Baseball Corridor of Fame and Museum, the Negro League Researchers and Authors Group and research by different baseball authors and researchers.

The league will work with the Elias Sports activities Bureau to evaluate Negro Leagues statistics and data and determine incorporate them into MLB’s historical past.

“All of us who love baseball have lengthy recognized that the Negro Leagues produced a lot of our recreation’s greatest gamers, improvements and triumphs in opposition to a backdrop of injustice,” Commissioner Rob Manfred stated in an announcement. “We at the moment are grateful to depend the gamers of the Negro Leagues the place they belong: as Main Leaguers inside the official historic document.”


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