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Historical statistics from baseball's Negro Leagues have officially been incorporated into the MLB record books.
Major League Baseball (MLB), the top baseball organisation in the US, announced yesterday that historical statistics from the sport’s Negro Leagues have officially been incorporated into their record books.

Major League Baseball (MLB), the top baseball organisation in the US, announced yesterday that historical statistics from the sport’s Negro Leagues have officially been incorporated into their record books.

The news follows a 2020 announcement from the MLB that it would be “correcting a long time oversight” and recognising players overlooked by the record books due to segregation.

Negro League statistics in the MLB

The MLB appointed a Negro Leagues Statistical Review Committee and teams of researchers to uncover and sort through statistical data from the first half of the 20th century.

Legendary players of the Negro Leagues will now join the all-time leaderboards and be recognised for their achievements and contributions to baseball.

About the Negro Leagues

The Negro Leagues were a product of racially segregated America.

From 1920 to 1948, Black and Latino players were not allowed to play in America’s predominant baseball leagues, so they formed their own.

There were seven iterations of the Negro Leagues, featuring more than 2,300 players, during the 28-year period. In 1947, Jackie Robinson made history as the first black man to play in America’s mainstream baseball league.

“This initiative is focused on ensuring that future generations of fans have access to the statistics and milestones of all those who made the Negro Leagues possible. Their accomplishments on the field will be a gateway to broader learning about this triumph in American history.”

MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred

Josh Gibson

Josh Gibson, a hall-of-famer and widely thought to be the Negro Leagues’ most impressive player, now sits atop three all-time leaderboards. This includes the highest batting average in a season.

Apart from Gibson, the Leagues produced 35 hall-of-famers, a significant contribution to the game affectionately known as America’s pastime.

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