Postcard featuring Cool Papa Bell’s Baseball Hall of Fame plaque
About the Project
African Americans have had a complicated relationship with baseball, the “national pastime.” This long history has been characterized by exclusion, innovation, the creation of all-black institutions, struggle, and pioneering successes. The Negro Leagues created opportunities for African Americans to play the game professionally in a segregated nation, but many also looked to the sport as a place where the civil rights cause could be advanced. In 1947 Major League Baseball was integrated when Jackie Robinson signed with the Brooklyn Dodgers, one of the most significant events in the history of African American sport.
Help us transcribe this postcard featuring James “Cool Papa” Bell’s Baseball Hall of Fame plaque and learn more about the role of African Americans in the history of American baseball.