During the dark days of segregation in America, black ball players were not welcome to play with their white counterparts, leading to the birth of the Negro Baseball Leagues. Black and white baseball fans sat separately in the stands, partitioned by chicken wire. These divisions, on and off the field, were symbolic of the racial divide in our country.
Before Brown v. Board of Education, before Rosa Parks and Martin Luther King, before the marches of the 1960’s and the Civil Rights Act, baseball set an example for our country when Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier, stepping onto the field as a Brooklyn Dodgers. Our nation was broken, and baseball set an example to begin to heal the wounds of segregation.