This week we continue our celebration of Black History Month. Today is our tribute the greatness of the Negro Leagues players who would go on to become members of the Baseball Hall of Fame – Part I.
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First up in 1962 is Jackie Robinson - https://baseballhall.org/hall-of-famers/robinson-jackie who according to his MLB Hall of Fame DYK - THAT IN 1941, JACKIE ROBINSON BECAME THE FIRST ATHLETE IN THE HISTORY OF UCLA TO LETTER IN FOUR SPORTS (BASEBALL, FOOTBALL, BASKETBALL AND TRACK) IN THE SAME YEAR?
Second in 1969 is Roy Campanella - https://baseballhall.org/hall-of-famers/campanella-roy who according to his MLB Hall of Fame DYK - ROY CAMPANELLA'S FINAL MAJOR LEAGUE GAME ON SEPT. 29, 1957, WAS ALSO THE LAST BIG LEAGUE GAME EVER PLAYED AT BROOKLYN'S FAMED EBBETS FIELD?
Third in 1971 is Satchel Paige - https://baseballhall.org/hall-of-famers/paige-satchel who according to his MLB Hall of Fame DYK - THAT ON AUG. 20, 1948, A 42-YEAR-OLD SATCHEL PAIGE PITCHED THE INDIANS TO A 1-0 VICTORY OVER THE WHITE SOX IN FRONT OF 78,382 FANS, A NIGHT-GAME ATTENDANCE RECORD THAT STILL STANDS?
Next in 1972 is Josh Gibson and Buck Leonard – the first players inducted that only played in the Negro Leagues - https://baseballhall.org/hall-of-famers/gibson-josh and https://baseballhall.org/hall-of-famers/leonard-buck according to their MLB Hall of Fame DYK - THAT JOSH GIBSON GOT HIS START WITH HOMESTEAD OF THE NEGRO NATIONAL LEAGUE IN JULY OF 1930 WHEN HE CAME OUT OF THE STANDS TO REPLACE THE GRAYS' INJURED CATCHER? And THAT BUCK LEONARD EARNED HIS HIGH SCHOOL DIPLOMA WHEN HE WAS 52 BECAUSE HIS HOMETOWN OF ROCKY MOUNT, N.C., DID NOT HAVE A HIGH SCHOOL FOR AFRICAN-AMERICANS WHEN HE GREW UP?
Next in 1973 is Monte Irvin https://baseballhall.org/hall-of-famers/irvin-monte who according to his MLB Hall of Fame DYK - THAT AS A TEENAGER, MONTE IRVIN SET A NEW JERSEY HIGH SCHOOL RECORD FOR THROWING THE JAVELIN?
Next in 1974 is Cool Papa Bell https://baseballhall.org/hall-of-famers/bell-cool-papa who according to his MLB Hall of Fame DYK - THAT COOL PAPA BELL WAS ONE OF SIX FUTURE HALL OF FAMERS WHO PLAYED WITH THE 1936 PITTSBURGH CRAWFORDS OF THE NEGRO NATIONAL LEAGUE?
Next in 1975 is Judy Johnson https://baseballhall.org/hall-of-famers/johnson-judy who according to his MLB Hall of Fame DYK - THAT AS A MAJOR LEAGUE SCOUT, JUDY JOHNSON HELPED TO SIGN FUTURE BIG LEAGUE STARS DICK ALLEN AND BILL BRUTON, WITH BRUTON LATER BECOMING JOHNSON'S SON-IN-LAW?
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