Negro League Baseball has a long history in the Philadelphia area. The Philadelphia Stars and Hilldale Club in Darby had some great Negro League players and teams.
Now people can get a lot of information about these legendary groundbreaking players and teams. Baseball Reference, a sports reference website that serves as a complete source for the history of baseball, including player, team and league stats, awards, record leaders, rookies and results, has expanded its coverage of the Negro Leagues and the historic Black Major League Player. On Tuesday, June 15, the Major Negro Leagues (from 1920-1948) will now be listed as Major Leagues along with the National League and American League.
“Baseball Reference does not add new status to these players or their achievements. The Negro Leagues have always been major leagues and we are changing the presentation of our website to reflect that appropriately,” said Sean Forman, president of Sports Reference, in a statement . “The Negro Leagues are no less than the American League and the National League; they are different and our work recognizes that when we implement these changes.”
In relation to these efforts along with the company’s mission and values, Sports Reference aims to celebrate the players, teams and leagues that have been added to its website as well as educate its users about the history of these leagues.
The effort came through a comment on the matter last summer and Major League Baseball’s December 2020 announcement of its new policy to recognize the Negro Leagues as Major Leagues. Sports Reference has worked hard to put this long overdue and critical part of the sport’s history together Baseball-Referenz.com in a manner commensurate with the level of the major leagues at which these leagues have played, and acts with the utmost respect for the players, their families, the researchers and the fans of those leagues.
“While much of our work at Sports Reference has been heavily influenced by statistics, we recognize that the history and legend and lore of many of these players go beyond the numbers,” Forman said in a statement. “To celebrate this legacy, we commissioned numerous articles from Negro League experts, historians, journalists, former players, family members and others to explain this part of baseball history.”
Sean Gibson, the great-grandson of baseball legend Josh Gibson, who was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1972, like his grandfather, supports the legacy of Negro League players. He is the executive director of the Josh Gibson Foundation, which supports programs that help children reach their potential.
“It is important to recognize the relentless efforts of the Negro Leaguers families who have kept the players at the center for many years. Some, like my family, have established nonprofits to honor their families’ Negro League players and also to do good for the community, “Gibson noted in a statement.
“We are very grateful to Sean Forman and his colleagues for working diligently with Seamheads and the Society of American Baseball Research to build this platform. The story has to be told. We know there is more research to be done as we build on the significant work that is now available. We appreciate Sports Reference for being part of that process. “
Bob Kendrick, president of the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum, co-wrote an article for the website with writer Joe Posnanski. In it, they discuss the importance of looking at the numbers while considering the stories behind the numbers and looking at the important section of the story.
“Here at the museum, we’re thrilled that the MLB has finally recognized what we already knew to be true – that the Negro Leagues were actually the Major League. We’re particularly excited that these legendary players’ numbers are becoming part of the official record. ”And no doubt people are getting more curious about the stories of these players … And that’s where we come in at the museum. Go to their baseball reference pages and learn a little about them. Then come to Kansas City and discover history’s extraordinary abundance, “Kendrick said in a statement.
Adam Jones, former MLB outfielder and five-time All-Star, has been a huge supporter of the NLBM and shares his thoughts on the website’s content.
“There is so much history in the Negro Leagues and that has always interested me. Society just puts it down on Jackie Robinson and leaves it at that.
“But there are players who haven’t had the chance to play in the American or National League during their careers, like Rube Foster, Cool Papa Bell, Buck Leonard, Leon Day and many, many more. And there are people who do I don’t necessarily know about the careers of players like Larry Doby, Satchel Paige and Minnie Minoso in the Negro League. So I think it’s fantastic to make all of this information available to everyone. It’s the story of the entire game, not just part of it, ”Jones said in a statement.
Jones now plays for the Orix Buffaloes of Nippon Professional Baseball in Japan.
Phillies outfielder Andrew McCutchen has a good sense of history when it comes to Negro League baseball. McCutchen attended the NLBM in Kansas City when the Phillies played against the Kansas City Royals.
“It’s long overdue for Negro Leagues stats to be counted with Major League Baseball players. We know those players in MLB would have a positive impact on the results of barnstorming games and shows against the Major League can achieve. ” It is their rightful and deserved place in the history of our game, and I hope the integration of their stats will encourage more people to learn more about those who have played in the Negro Leagues, “McCutchen said in a statement.
In addition to the website, Baseball-Rference.com will have a podcast today on The Negro Leagues Are Major Leagues. The limited edition podcast will be a guest weekly during the summer.
However, people should note that the Negro Leagues information is not competing and they will find that the Negro League seasons have fewer games in the database than the National and American Leagues. You are still in the process of gathering information.
That said, fans can now go up on the site and learn a lot about some of their favorite Negro League teams and players.