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Pitch Black: African American Baseball in Washington

Courtesy: Northwest African American Museum Courtesy: Northwest African American Museum

April 15, 2014 - 6:00 pm

On April 15, 1947 Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier in Major League Baseball with the Brooklyn Dodgers. However, long before Robinson was a household name, baseball was a part of the fabric of many African American communities. A new exhibit at the Northwest African American Museum, Pitch Black: African American Baseball in Washingtonexplores the rich history of the sport. Chieko Phillips, the curator of the Pitch Black exhibit and former Detroit Tiger, Joe Staton discuss what you’ll learn about the history of baseball in Washington’s African American community.