The Gentlemen`s Agreement Baseball
The Negro Leagues survived the domestic economic hardships caused by the Great Depression and became one of the most successful black businesses in the United States. After World War II, many thought baseball`s color barrier would soon be broken, and that`s when Jackie Robinson started in 1947 at first base for the Brooklyn Dodgers. Within a few years of Robinson`s historic entry into the Dodgers franchise, almost all of the best players in the Negro Leagues had either left to play on integrated teams or had become too old to be considered by major league scouts. Black fans turned their attention to their favorite players in integrated teams and the Negro Leagues saw a devastating drop in attendance, which was completely closed in 1962. Part of Anson`s notoriety comes from a 1907 book about the first black minor league baseball players and, later, black semi-professional team leader Sol White, who was elected to the Hall of Fame in 2006. White said that if it hadn`t been for that same man Anson, he would have been a player of color in the National League in 1887.  Explain to the students that the were a reflection of a separate America. Until 1947, black baseball players and white baseball players had separate leagues. The division by race has been reinforced by the so-called “gentlemen`s agreement,” a policy of segregation supported by owners of white major league teams and other representatives of major league interests, including the baseball commissioner. The gentlemen`s agreement said that if you`re black, you can`t play baseball in the major leagues, no matter what your skill or talent. Like Jim Crow`s laws, this baseball policy was separated for many years.
Even after Robinson`s signing, baseball elites like Rogers Hornsby argued against the integration of baseball, citing the lifestyle of baseball`s quarterback as the reason why African-Americans should not join Major League Teams. To the teacher: Students may suspect that black baseball players were probably disappointed, frustrated or angry by segregation in professional baseball. However, it is interesting to note that some former players said they were so used to segregation that the situation did not surprise them. Some described being happy to have played the game professionally, despite the blatant injustices. Video: Extended Interview: Baseball player Max Manning An interview with History Detectives Detectives Season One, with baseball player Max Manning. One rule I don`t understand in baseball is the “Don`t drink to break up a No-Hitter” rule. If a pitcher hits a no-hitter, that`s great, but as a paste, it`s your job to get on base and points.