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Record books need to be rewritten as MLB takes over the statistics of the Negro Leagues

Major League Baseball’s record books will be rewritten as the sport formally incorporates statistics from the racially segregated Negro leagues from 1920-1948 into its official history, reports said Tuesday.

USA Today reported that the MLB, which elevated the Negro Leagues to “Major League” status in 2020, will announce the approval of the African American baseball league’s records in an official announcement on Wednesday.

Black players who could not compete in the MLB due to racism and segregation laws competed professionally in the Negro Leagues in the United States until Jackie Robinson broke baseball’s color barrier when he debuted for the Brooklyn Dodgers on April 15, 1947.

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