Veterans of black baseball experience share their stories – Baltimore Sun

Hundreds of years of collective memories of the black experience in baseball came together Saturday at the Babe Ruth Museum as players who followed in Jackie Robinson‘s footsteps told their stories.

In observance of Negro Leagues Baseball Day in Maryland, the museum brought together Negro Leagues and major league veterans to share their experiences.

There was Al Bumbry, a member of the Orioles Hall of Fame. There was Fred Valentine, who played for the Orioles and the old Washington Senators. There was Mamie “Peanut” Johnson, one of three women to play in the Negro Leagues before that vestige of segregation faded away.

The panel discussion came at a time when the role of race in baseball has re-emerged as a hot topic, with recent reports that Orioles star Adam Jones was pelted with peanuts and racial slurs two weeks ago during a game at Fenway Park in Boston. It was an incident that hit home for some of the participants.

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