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Opinion: Outplaying Segregation, Negro National League Hits 100-Year Milestone

NPR's Scott Simon reflects on the 100th anniversary of the Negro National League as a response to segregation in major league baseball.
Pictured from left to right: catcher O'Neal Pullen, pitcher Ajay Johnson, shortstop Biz Mackey and manager Lonnie Goodwin Source: Negro Leagues Baseball Museum/Courtesy of Bill Staples, Jr.

Baseball's Negro Leagues were formally founded a hundred years ago this week. They should never have had to exist — but they sure had some glorious players and times.

Satchel Paige, Josh Gibson, Cool Papa Bell, and many more stars who couldn't

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