Question by The Brown Jack Bauer: What did baseball mean to race relations and the American identity before integration?
Baseball is the “National Pastime” and before World War II it was the most popular sport in America. No blacks were permitted to play in white organized ball until 1946 because of racist league management. What do you think the fact that blacks created their own separate leagues says about the role of baseball in the American identity?
Answer by Alex
Baseball is a fun sport and everyone wanted to play. Not allowing blacks to play was redicolous considering many african americans/ethnicities today are league leaders in MLB. Baseball had a key roll on segregation, especially Jackie Robinson.
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