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I enjoyed ‘Little League Baseball Matters With Race’

I enjoyed “Little League baseball’s reccounting with race” by Chris Lamb in the “Sunday Forum”, August 28th.

The chronicle describes the Little League playoff system in South Carolina in 1955, where official segregation policy prohibited games between white and black teams, thus preventing black teams from qualifying for the Little League World Series.

Lamb details the injustices of the Jim Crow era in the United States by denying ordinary 11- and 12-year-olds the opportunity to fulfill a dream of pursuing “America’s pastime.” Lamb, however, paints only part of the picture.

A closely related but less publicized story is presented in the 2018 documentary film “Long Time Coming: A 1955 Baseball Story” set in Florida where Little League laws mirrored those of South Carolina. This moving hour and 27-minute film takes the controversy further through interviews some 60 years later with members of a white team from Orlando and a black team from Pensacola.

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I commend “Long Time Coming: A 1955 Baseball Story” for deeper insight into the story, for moments that touch the human spirit, and for reminding us of the words of Dr. Martin Luther King: “The arc of the moral universe is long, but it leans toward justice.

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