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Can Blacks return to baseball as ‘the national pastime’?


MLB is trying hard to make it happen

An annual round-robin collegiate baseball tournament featuring Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) will take place this weekend in Houston, Texas. Alabama State, Grambling State, Southern University, Prairie View A&M and Texas Southern all will participate February 17-19 in the 2012 Urban Invitational, sponsored by Major League Baseball. University of California, Irvine, an NCAA Division I school, is the sixth tournament team. “We are fortunate to…have the opportunity to play against opponents we rarely see,” admits Cal Irvine Baseball Coach Mike Gillespie. Texas Southern Coach Michael Robertson predicts “a highly competitive weekend.”

Black colleges and universities have produced many top baseball players, including Hall of Famers Lou Brock and Andre Dawson, and current Milwaukee Brewers second baseman Rickie Weeks. Continue Reading →

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