With the Jim Crow laws coming into affect, segregation was beginning to occur all throughout the nation. Since there Were two different baseball leagues at the time.
Basically the white and black leagues. Rosin said in the book that the Negro league was the largest black business at the time. And that since the Negroes weren’t as wealthy as all the whites, gangsters basically ran the league. The white papers never acknowledged the Negro players achievements. Only the black press would put time in to acknowledge the players.That was until Jackie Robinson came along and he changed the whole name of baseball to what it is today. Since the Negro league wasn’t as wealthy as the whites league.
The Negroes didn’t have any sort of stadium to play in. This is where barnstorming came into play. Since blacks around the areas couldn’t support their own teams, the teams had to move from all sorts of different stadiums to play games.
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The Negro league teams never had there own stadiums to play in. Along with the barnstorming the Negro leagues participated in many Latin America winter leagues.At this point the Negro league players knew they could play on the name level as all the white major league players. At this point in the novel its clearly showing this is when baseball is at its peak every single race is involved with it in America and from here it continued to grow and grow.
Since all of this is going on in baseball at the time it is stated by Rosin that this is not Americans game anymore. It is slowly expanding to other rural countries and its starting to gain popularity. All of this because of the Negro league. This gave many people the opportunity to try it out and begin something new.Rosin also states that to understand baseball is an important route to understanding America. Once the Negro league was established it made it inevitable for the two leagues to combine. The Negro league changed baseball for the best.
The argument the whole time was whether or not these players should combine and make one league. Many people at the time were strongly against for racism was almost to its ultimate peak. But, The Negro league players stood their ground and just waited for their opportunity to rise up and begin taking baseball by storm. Once that happened the game was changed forever.The Negro league brought an array of amazing players to the majors. Ever year more and more began arriving in the league. Rosin states a pretty basic argument regarding the Negro league against the major league and what differences they had.
Eventually the two leagues became one. It all started with Jackie Robinson though. He was the first African American to ever start for a major league team. He was signed by the Brooklyn dodgers minor league team but eventually made his way up to the top where he would forever change the great game of baseball.Everything in this novel revolves around the Jim Crow laws. It changed America for the best and for the worst depending on whose side you were on. But in the end it didn’t stop the invisible men, the men of the Negro league to stop doing what they love to do.
They all forever changed the game of baseball. Yes, it is called Americas past time and all but because of the players of the negro league it got a chance to expand to even more countries and to this day its still regarded as one of the most popular sports in America and maybe even the world.