Major League Baseball will recognize records and stats from 3,400 players who played in Negro Leagues between the decades of 1920-1948. On Wednesday, in a monumental and colossal change for the sport, Major League Baseball officially elevated the Negro Leagues to “Major League” status, it is an epic move that not only seeks to right a cosmic wrong that has followed the game for a century.
Moreover, that MLB will improvise and recognize the “statistics and records” of approximately 3,400 players who took part in the seven leagues between the duration of 1920-1948.
The move of this long overdue recognition will add the names of some 3,400 Negro Leaguers from seven different leagues during the 1920s, 1930s and 1940s, along with all their accumulated statistics and records, to their official record which clearly means that all Negro League stars will gain an additional designation and recognition which were denied to them during their lives.
Moreover the MLB made another official announcement on their official Twitter page with a tweet,
Commissioner Manfred announced today that @MLB is officially elevating the Negro Leagues to “Major League” status. Culminating the centennial celebration of the founding of the Negro Leagues, MLB is proud to highlight the contributions of the pioneers who played from 1920-1948.
Here is to the courtesy of press release of Major League Baseball on Wednesday,
“This long overdue recognition is the product of evaluation throughout this year, which included consideration of: discussions with the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum and other baseball entities; the previous and ongoing studies of baseball authors and researchers; the 2006 study by the National Baseball Hall of Fame (the Negro League Researchers and Authors Group); and an overall historical record that has expanded in recent years. In particular, MLB commends the work of Gary Ashwill, Scott Simkus, Mike Lynch, and Kevin Johnson, who drove the construction of the Seamheads Negro Leagues Database, and Larry Lester, whose decades-long research underlies and adds to their work. MLB credits all of the baseball research community for discovering additional facts, statistics, and context that exceed the criteria used by the Special Committee on Baseball Records in 1969 to identify six “Major Leagues” since 1876. It is MLB’s view that the Committee’s 1969 omission of the Negro Leagues from consideration was clearly an error that demands today’s designation.”
How did this colossal maneuver happen?
It is historical move by MLB that recognizes the sport’s long-excluded Black pioneers and immediately rewrites record books of Baseball. The epic move for the Negro Leagues was the result of years of study by researchers from the Seam heads Negro League Database, who pored over newspaper clippings, scorebooks and other historical records to compile the data and record as well as research by the Baseball Hall of Fame.
Commissioner Rob Manfred described the maneuver of MLB as, “correcting a longtime oversight in the game’s history.” He further added that,
“All of us who love baseball have long known that the Negro Leagues produced many of our game’s best players, innovations and triumphs against a backdrop of injustice. We are now grateful to count the players of the Negro Leagues where they belong: as Major Leaguers within the official historical record.”