While many strides have been made in baseball, participation by African Americans has been
decreasing. In fact, according to new research there are just 8.05% African-Americans in the sport. Now, Major League Baseball and the Chicago White Sox are trying to boost the number of minorities behind the scenes.
Parents banded together recently to help a group of eighteen young Black
men to achieve exceptional success in their high school years. Their
efforts led to such stellar accomplishments as a one hundred percent
high school graduation rate, a cumulative grade point average of the
boys of 3.7, nearly 1.3 million in college scholarships and 92% of the boys being enrolled in college placement courses.
Although the numbers are down today for African Americans playing
professional baseball, Blacks have made tremendous strides in the sport.
Now the U.S. Postal Service has released commemorative stamps of two
African American great baseball players as part of its Major League
Baseball All-Stars stamp series, to be released on July 21. The two are:
Larry Doby and Willie Stargell.