Thursday, January 19, 2006

Ask a Negro Leaguer Column by Prince Joe Henry

Riverfront Times, MO | Hey Joe: As far as you know, are the Negro Leagues and Major League Baseball working together to help promote Negro League history? --Mike Spatz, Ellicott City, Maryland

Nationally, the only source I am aware of that currently promotes Negro League History is the Negro League Baseball Museum in Kansas City. Had not for it, I am almost positive that the history displayed there wouldn't be available elsewhere. The only time Major League Baseball promotes the Negro League is when a former player — after having been denied the opportunity of performing in the white baseball league — is inducted into the Major League Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, which I regard as tokenism. . . . [ more ]

photo of Joe Henry by Jennifer Silverberg / Special to


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