The complicated history of race and baseball is as old as the game itself. In partnership with the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum in Kansas City, our Museum has focused on that history as part of our recognition of this year’s 100th anniversary of the Negro Leagues. But it’s equally important to talk about how racism continues to impact Black ballplayers to this day. In a roundtable discussion facilitated by Ken Rosenthal, senior writer for The Athletic (and great friend of the Museum), and Doug Glanville, MLBer-turned-journalist and professor, retired players share their personal experiences of racism on and off the field.
Special thanks to The Athletic for permission to share, and to Kavitha Davidson, Host and Editorial Director of The Lead, The Athletic’s daily podcast, and Board member of our Museum.