The Untold Story in Negro League Baseball

The Untold Story in Negro League Baseball

The Untold Story in Negro League BaseballThe Untold Story in Negro League BaseballThe Untold Story in Negro League Baseball

They Played for the "Love of the Game"

SABR photo 1916

The CENTENNIAL celebration of the negro national league 2020

Rube the Father of Black baseball

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.   

A Moment in Time

The Centennial Celebration in the nation's capital Washington, D.C. was February 13, 2020 

@Apple Carnegie Library

801 K St. N.W.

Washington, D.C.  

Collaboration Apple/History Society of Washington, D.C./The Negro League Legends Hall of Fame

About Us

Playing America's Game

Host Roland Martin, Negro Leaguer James "Jake" Sander KCM 57, NLLHOF Founder Dwayne Renal Sims

The Negro Leagues finally were recognized by the   HCON 337 RFS  107th Congress 2d Session and H. CON RES. 337 in the Senate of the United States, September 20,2002.

Main Events

NLLHOF East Team

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 .

About the Foundation

Dwayne Renal Sims Founder of the Negro League Legends Hall of Fame.

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.  

Past Events

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TVONE NEWS ONE NOW host Roland S. Martin

Negro League James "Jake" Sanders 

Kansas City Monarchs

WHUT 32: The Rock Newman Show

Negro League Legends Hall of Fame

Around the Diamond host Marvin Jackson

Negro League Legends Hall of Fame sharing the Negro League baseball history 

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