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The real reasons blacks are passing on baseball

Why are so few African-Americans playing baseball? It's more complicated than Gary Sheffield says. Story

Updated: July 2, 2007, 11:29 AM ET
By Todd Boyd | Special to Page 2

About once a year, I get a call from a reporter who's writing a story about the declining number of African-American players in Major League Baseball. They all want to know why so few African-Americans play the national pastime now, compared to in the past. I was reminded of these calls when reading Gary Sheffield's comments in GQ magazine concerning the decreasing number of black participants in the game.

Sheffield suggested that the declining number of black baseball players is in direct ...

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