President Barack Obama is honoring former baseball players in
the Negro League, a haven for African-American players who for
decades were prevented from competing with white players in
The White House says Obama invited about a dozen players to the
White House on Monday to mark their contributions to American
history, civil rights and athletics. The players competed for teams
like the Philadelphia Stars, New York Black Yankees, Indianapolis
Clowns and Boston Blues.
The Negro League thrived in the early part of the 20th century.
Its decline started after Jackie Robinson in 1947 became the first
African-American to play Major League Baseball in modern times,
clearing the way for other black players to compete in the major
leagues. The league disbanded a few years later.