KERA's Think
KERA's Think
May 11, 2021
Baseball’s Imperfect Reckoning With Its Racist Past
Play • 29 min

Major League Baseball elevated the statistics of the Negro leagues to “Major League status,” but it hasn’t fully addressed the history of segregation in professional baseball. Rowan Ricardo Phillips is a recipient of a PEN/ESPN Award for Literary Sports Writing, and he joins host Krys Boyd to talk about why integrating batting averages and homeruns into the record books is only a small step forward in grappling with the sport’s racist past. His article “Justice for the Negro Leagues Will Mean More Than Just Stats” was published in The New York Times Magazine.

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