Oakland News A: MLB can honor black leagues with special game

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There have been an increasing number of games and series of special events organized by the league in recent times. Over the past decade, the Little League Classic, Game Field of Dreamsand Players weekend games were added to an annual rotation. This all adds up to the unique location history of the Fort Bragg 2016 Game, as good as London, Japanand Australia matches played in recent years. While many of these games have ties to significant events and pop culture, or to boosting the sport’s popularity internationally, a potential new game could honor a part of baseball history that isn’t. not as often enshrined by MLB.

write for NJ.com, Brendan Kuty featured the $94 million renovation of Hinchliffe Stadium in Patterson, New Jersey, as well as MLB’s interest in hosting games there in honor of the black leagues. Hinchliffe is one of the few remaining stadiums that served as the home of Negro League teams, along with the New York Black Yankees and New York Cubans play there in the 1930s. The renovation is already well underway and when complete would provide more than 9,000 seats for the events, larger than the stadium erected for the Field of Dreams game in Iowa last year .

The Negro leagues have not always been treated by MLB with the same level of historical significance as the National and American leagues, but they have recently received increasing recognition. In 2020, MLB officially recognized black leagues 1920-48 as major leaguesand celebrated the centenary of the leagues with a crest worn by all players. A game or series honoring the black leagues played in a historic stadium is a great way to honor a very important part of baseball’s past and continue the history of the black leagues.

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