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Major League Baseball's Inclusion Of The Negro Leagues Is Long Overdue

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The Negro Leagues Baseball Museum
Some players from the Kansas City Monarchs (pictured above in 1921) are among the more than 3,400 players now recognized by Major League Baseball.

MLB's decision recognizes seven Negro organizations as major leaguers.

Major League Baseball's inclusion of these players and their achievements is a step in the right direction. What was behind the decision that the MLB called "an oversight" and does it paint the full picture of the Negro Leagues?

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