Major League Baseball, National League, Baseball discussed on Bullseye with Jesse Thorn
Because they miss the adulation as well you have to remember they were stars they were stars in their own communities, but they were stars and as we say when they went to the restaurant, you'll get to find his table, the waitress give you the best service you just as it is today and so when you're transitioning away from the limelight, so to speak and into a realm of. Normalcy, you know you become one of us normal working class citizens because none of made enough money where they would just be institutional a wealthy after their playing careers. So they did transition now som- became scouts in our sport buckle Neil transitioned into the major leagues as a scout became the May, just first black coach but not a whole lot of them. So some became school teachers and educators others went into doing work. Cool. Papa. Bill you know in some guys were janitors you know later on in their lives just trying to. Take care of their families. I think in many people's imagination, the Negro Leagues ended with the Integration of Major League Baseball in nineteen forty seven. That's not the case they continued for more than a decade after that. What was it like for the players who were great players perhaps were for whatever reason not willie mays or Hank Aaron or Monte Irvin players who got the opportunity to play in the major leagues for Baseball Integrated but works still great players when. Major League Baseball started to block the Negro Leagues Shine and when the Negro Leagues I eventually folded. Yeah, yeah and you're right. See that transition took twelve years. You know before every Major League team headed one black baseball player Boston last integrate when they signed pumps agreed in nineteen, fifty nine. So with a very slow meticulous process as related to bringing black layers in now, the only exception really really was the Brooklyn dodgers branch rickey was very aggressive signing black talent the rest of the major leagues Kinda came along. You know kind of like Johnny come lately they were very slow, and so basically you bring a player up and then eventually you bring another player so that that player wouldn't be so terribly isolated but. It wasn't as if Jackie Breaks Color Berry and black folks just ran on enter the major league and there were a lot of Negro League players who did not get the opportunity they didn't have like a big tryout where all the African American national baseball players got to come and they they got drafted onto major league teams. They were major league teams that still had one or two black players in the early nineteen sixties. Oh. Absolutely and teams like Boston who was last could have had the pick of the litter of star black talent. And passed on them. because. They really didn't want a black player. You know they were the last because. They ultimately felt like, okay. Everybody else got one. I better. Get One now too and that was really the case with the American League by and large the National League was more aggressive signing black players, which is also one the reasons why the pendulum of power shifted to the National League but that really good Negro. League. Clear. Most of them know Jesse were passed at prime. You're the superstars. The need relief really were past their prime. Time to make, he's got some really good players who became great players, Maze Aaron and Ernie Banks Roy Campanella, guys like that. They get Monte Irvin Monte Irvy's thirty in when it comes over to joy the New York giants and he still has a really good career at thirty..