Before the game became whites-only in 1887, integrated baseball included some big names of the era - including IF Frank Grant, C Moses Walker, P Harry Stovey and Sol White. Once barred, these athletes formed their own teams and leagues, entertaining crowds and challenging their white counterparts by barnstorming or playing winter ball in Cuba, Venezuela, the Dominican, Mexico, and California.
If you follow the timeline, you will note the many legendary names such as Pete Hill, Pop Lloyd, Oscar Charleston, Cool Papa Bell, Rube Foster Satchel Paige, and Josh Gibson. When Jackie Robinson courageously crossed the color line in 1947, other black players soon followed - but by doing so, the Negro Leagues' days were numbered. But those who preceded Robinson are hardly forgotten - not by a long shot. Today's Baseball Hall of Fame now includes the many icons that made Negro League baseball great.