MLB to recognize major-league status of the Negro Leagues

SABR logoDECEMBER 16, 2020 — Commissioner Rob Manfred announced Wednesday that Major League Baseball is officially recognizing the major-league status of the Negro Leagues.

“We are thrilled that Major League Baseball has taken this step,” SABR Chief Executive Officer Scott Bush said. “This acknowledgment is consistent with the tremendous work done by many researchers who have championed the study of Black baseball and helped shine a light on these deserving players and teams from the Negro Leagues.”

SABR has established a task force to evaluate how to better integrate Negro Leagues records, stats, and stories into SABR’s publications, databases, and future research projects. Click here to learn more about SABR’s Negro Leagues Committee, which dates back to the organization’s founding in 1971.

Originally published: December 16, 2020. Last Updated: December 16, 2020.