They Played for the "Love of the Game"
Rube Foster incorporated the Negro National League in Illinois, Maryland, Michigan, New York, Ohio and Pennsylvania before the meeting in Kansas City, MO that took place February 13, 1920. Each team paid a franchise fee of two hundred dollars.
On February 13, 1920, Andrew “Rube” Foster arranged a meeting with Negro baseball team owners at the Paseo YMCA in Kansas City, Missouri, to establish the Negro National League an organized professional integrated baseball league in the U.S.
Andrew “Rube” Foster owner of the Chicago American Giants was elected as the President of the Negro National League.
Other organized Leagues would follow inspired by Rube:
March 2, 1920 Negro Southern League
December 12, 1922 Eastern Colored League
October 10, 1936 Negro American League
The Negro Leagues were still engage in baseball up to 1960 most of the teams best players were playing in the MLB or signed to minor leagues in the early 50's.
The Centennial Celebration in the nation's capital Washington, D.C. was February 13, 2020
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The Annual Negro League East/West Vintage baseball game. The game is played by former Major League Baseball (MLB) players and collegiate players dressed in vintage attire appropriately representing the diversity of players, Hispanics, Cubans, Dominicans and Caucasians, who "Played for the Love of the Game", in the early to mid 1900's .
The Negro League Legends Hall of Fame Incorporated 501 (c) 3 non-profit in Prince George’s County, in the State of Maryland The vision of the Negro League Legends Hall of Fame (NLLHOF) is to be an authority and an educational entity for young and old on the contributions of the Colored Professional League and the Negro League legendary players while exploring the rich history of American Baseball. They were pioneers in more ways than just proving to be extraordinary athletes.
Founded in 2003 by Dwayne Renal Sims to share the Colored Professional League and the Negro League contributions to America's game of baseball but also the players participated in fundraisers for Historical Black Colleges including serving in the United States Armed Forces and giving back to their communities.
The organization is a volunteer oriented hosting events, exhibitions, and experiences to the youth and the seasoned citizens.
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