Negro Leagues, Negro League Baseball Museum, Jesse Thorn discussed on Bullseye with Jesse Thorn


Back in the day, as Netflix began to gain popularity, its rival blockbuster was looking for an edge. We're one point the investors were asking blockbuster to sell genes in the store. You're. Older. Investors being what the kids want. They want gene. You get a Tom Cruise movie in some stone wash jeans the downfall of blockbuster and the rise of networks listened to it's been a minute from NPR. Welcome back to Bullseye I'm Jesse Thorn. My guest is Bob Kendrick. He's the president of the Negro League Baseball Museum one of the only institutions in the world devoted to telling the story of the Negro Leagues. Let's get back to our conversation. I've always found that the life of a professional athlete is inherently tragic. Because if we're lucky, we live to be seventy five or eighty, five years old. But there are who can maintain professional level athletic skills beyond their thirties. What was it like? For Negro League players who were dealing with the fact that they were re entering quote unquote normal life burden both by racism and its attendant lots and structures in the United States and the fact that many of didn't have skills event sports you know they hadn't gone to college some some had. And you know one of the wanted to interesting the facts about the Negro Leagues and I'm so glad you mentioned that. Is that some forty percent of the athletes who played in the Negro Leagues had some level of college education. Less. Than five percent of those who played in the major leagues had any college education for the simple reason that the major leagues Jesse didn't want you to go to college. Then they got you right out of high school if. They got you write a high school, put your farm system, and then you work your way too big leagues. Well, the Negro Leagues didn't have that kind of sophisticated farm systems so whether they do they trained on the campuses of historically black college and universities, and then they would play the Black College baseball teams, and then they recruited a great deal of their workforce from those Hbo. So. They actually had a disproportionate number of college educated athletes in comparison to the major leagues but you're right when you're talking about a Po- sports career and I think this is what any athlete that transition into normal life is never easy..

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