Racial Parity in the Hall of Fame

By David J. Gordon

This article was published in the Fall 2018 Baseball Research Journal.

Now that MLB has been integrated for more than seven decades, about half of its history, it is appropriate to ask how black players have fared — not so much in their achievements on the field, which are obviously impressive — but in receiving equal recognition for their accomplishments in the Baseball Hall of Fame. Historical Backdrop Although the first all-professional baseball organization, the National Association, was established in 1871, only six years after the Civil War, Major League Baseball . . .

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