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The Negro Leagues were American professional baseball leagues comprising predominantly African-American teams. The term may be used broadly to include professional black teams outside the leagues and it may be used narrowly for the seven relatively successful leagues beginning 1920 that are sometimes termed "Negro Major Leagues".

The first professional team, established in 1885, achieved great and lasting success as the Cuban Giants, while the first league, the National Colored Base Ball League, failed in 1887 after only two weeks due to low attendance.

The Negro American League of 1951 is considered the last major league season and the last professional club, the Indianapolis Clowns, operated amusingly rather than competitively from the mid-1960s to 1980s.

Negro National League (first), 1920 - 1931 Eastern Colored League, 1923 - 1928; the NNL and ECL champions met in a World Series from 1924 to 1927. American Negro League lasted just one season 1929 created from some of the ECL teams. East-West League played part of one season in 1932. Negro Southern League was a minor league that played from 1920 into the 1940s Negro National League (second), 1933 - 1948. Negro American League, 1937 - 1960, or so. The National and American Leagues met in a Negro League World Series from 1942 through 1948.

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Female, Age Private, Harrisburg, PA

Posted May 06, 2016

"The fans deserted the Negro Leagues when Negros went up to the majors. They'll travel hundreds of miles to see [B]lack players on [W]hite teams, but wouldn't travel across town to see us."

-- "We Are The Ship: The Story of Negro League Baseball" (Kadir Nelson)