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Baseball Reference Database Now Has Negro Leagues Statistics

The Kansas City Monarchs
The Negro Leagues Baseball Museum
The Kansas City Monarchs, pictured here in 1921, are among the players who now have their stats featured on baseball-reference.com.

Adding Black players' performance data could be changing the record books of Major League Baseball.

After Major League Baseball announced last year that the Negro Leagues from 1920 through 1948 would be recognized as major leagues, Baseball Reference undertook to add those figures to its database. Larry Lester reveals what it took to compile those statistics and reels off a list of some of the best Negro Leagues ballplayers. Most haven't received the recognition they deserve but the addition of their accomplishments in the statistics could rectify the oversight.

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