1867 — National Association of Professional Base Ball Players establishes first color line in baseball.
1871 — National Association of Professional Base Ball Players is formed. “Gentleman’s Agreement” bars Black players from first professional league and its successors.
1872 — “Bud” Fowler is first paid Black baseball player on white team in White Castle, Pennsylvania.
1884 — Moses Fleetwood Walker becomes first Black Major Leaguer when Toledo joins American Association.
1885 — Cuban Giants, first Black professional team, is formed at the Argyle Hotel in Long Island, New York.
1887 — International League board mandates “approve no more contracts of colored men.”
1889 — Moses Fleetwood Walker’s contract with Toledo not renewed because of his race.
1892 — No Black players will play on organized white teams for the next 13 years.
1896 — Plessy v. Ferguson argued in Supreme Court. Court rules that Black and white people do not have to co-mingle; facilities open to each race must be “separate but equal.”
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