African-American baseball series opens in Toms River Saturday

“Pride & Passion: The African-American Baseball Experience” a traveling exhibition to America’s libraries opens Saturday at the Toms River branch, 101 Washington St.

Beginning in the late 19th cetnury, African-American baseball was the seedbed for talented layers who would eventually pave the way to an integrated sport. Doxens of barnstorming black teams were playing around the country by the time the first successful African-American league was founded in 1920.

By examining the challenges faced by African-American players as they formed their own leagues and later integrated the major leagues in the mid-20th century, Pride and Passion illustrates how these milestones in baseball were not individual points of significance in themselves, but part of an ongoing process in American Society.

Pride and Passion has been made possible by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities. It was organized by the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, Cooperstown, NY and the American Library Association Public Programs Office, Chicago, Il.


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