Kansas City Monarchs jersey - Buck ONeil
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Kansas City Monarchs - Buck O'Neil - Negro Leagues Baseball jersey. This centennial heritage replica Kansas City Monarchs baseball jersey #22 is like the one worn by the legendary Buck O'Neil. It features high quality stitching and vibrant patches. Order today and pay homage to one of the greatest players from the Negro Leagues Baseball era.
- 100% polyester
- high quality stitching and patches
Baseball fans know the color line in organized baseball was broken in 1945 when Branch Rickey signed Jackie Robinson to the Brooklyn Dodgers. However, most baseball fans are not aware of the culture and history which produced Jackie Robinson. The Negro Baseball Leagues were created in 1920 because Blacks were not allowed to play in the Major Leagues. The Negro Leagues instantly thrived because they had outstanding players and loyal fans. The league expanded and eventually included five different leagues; the Eastern Colored, American Negro, East-West, Negro Southern and Negro American leagues.
Negro Leagues Baseball provided everything and in some cases, more than what was offered by Major League Baseball. They had a World Series, East-West All-Star games, bitter rivalries, packed stadiums, great tales of courage, and most of all very talented players. By 1960, after Major League Baseball started allowing Blacks to play, the Negro Leagues started to disband and it signaled the end of a great era Black owned businesses and entrepreneurship.