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Every Baseball Fan Should Know These Negro League Stars

Late last year, Major League Baseball announced that it will be officially recognizing the statistics of around 3,400 players who played in seven Negro Leagues between 1920 to 1948. In this video, senior sportswriter Neil Paine talks about some of the Negro League stars who might not be household names — but who should be.

Be sure to learn about even more players from the Negro Leagues by exploring our interactive.


Recognizing the records and legacy of Negro League baseball



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Neil Paine is a senior writer for FiveThirtyEight.

Tony Chow is a video producer for FiveThirtyEight.

Michael Tabb is a video and motion graphics producer at FiveThirtyEight.

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