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Going, going, gone

MLB needs to radically rethink its pitch to young athletes

Originally Published: February 8, 2014
By Howard Bryant | ESPN The Magazine

BLACK HISTORY MONTH has arrived. The annual lament of the vanishing black player can officially commence.

African-American roots run deep in baseball, deeper than in any other professional sport. Long before Magic Johnson, African-Americans owned Negro League teams when they could not own much else. MLB integrated before the military did. By the 1970s, baseball looked like a different game, and not just because of the double knits and skinny bodies -- African-Americans ...

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