By Manny Randhawa/MLB.com Associate Reporter

(Below is an excerpt; click “Read More” link to see full article at MLB.com)

CHICAGO — Alexander Cartwright has been called “the father of modern baseball,” playing a key role in the formulation of the first published rules of the game in New York in 1845.

By the late 1800s, many African-Americans had started playing baseball, but by the start of the 20th century they were barred from participating on professional teams with white players. From that point it would be nearly 50 years until Major League Baseball’s color barrier would be broken by Jackie Robinson. In the meantime, black ballplayers continued to play the game on their own teams.

And a man who has been referred to as “the father of black baseball” lived on the South Side of Chicago: Andrew “Rube” Foster.  Read More

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