Watch the video below with youth, then use the questions below to have a mentoring conversation with them.

  1. In 1920 who founded the Negro National League?
  2. Why was the Negro League needed?
  3. What Negro League innovation became popular across all leagues?
  4. Can you name the three teams that were mentioned as becoming household names?
  5. What caused the “color line to be broken” in 1946”
  6. Who was the first African American to be signed to a major league team? What team signed him?
  7. In 1959 every major league team had at least one black player on its roster. Does the lack of black players today mean that baseball is going backward regarding segregation and the game?
  8. Should teams just sign black players to appear like progress is still being made?
  9. How can sports be used to help bring people from different ethnicities together?
  10. Do you see that happening on your team?