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MLB Officially Incorporates Negro League Statistics


FILE – Baseball Player Jackie Robinson with the Montreal Royals club at Sanford, Fla., March 4, 1946. Major League Baseball said Tuesday, May 28, 2024, that it has incorporated records for more than 2,300 Negro Leagues players following a three-year research project. Robinson was credited with 49 hits for the 1945 Kansas City Monarchs of the Negro American League, raising his total to 1,567. (AP Photo/Bill Chaplis, File) Baseball’s history is finally getting a a proper revision. Negro Leagues statistics will officially become part of Major League historical record today. The move comes more than three years after Major League Baseball announced it would be elevating the Negro Leagues to major-league status. The more than 2,300 players who played in the seven iterations of the Negro Leagues from 1920-1948 will be integrated into MLB’s database. Josh Gibson becomes MLB career batting leader highlighting a major triumph in American history. Negro League Museum president Bob Kendrick said, “It’s a big day. This is the result of a lot of intensive effort by some incredible historians and researchers who have completely dedicated themselves to trying to do something that people thought probably wasn’t possible.”

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