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Interracial Baseball Prior to Integration

Between Fleet Walker and Jackie Robinson, black players and white players rarely, if ever, played together on integrated teams. But teams of white players did play baseball against teams of black baseball players during (mostly postseason) barnstorming tours throughout these years.

The recent book, The Negro Leagues Were Major Leagues: Historians Reappraise Black Baseball (McFarland, 2019), compiled a set of more than 600 games played between teams consisting primarily of white major-leaguers and teams of black players. The book's editor, Todd Peterson, graciously provided copies of the box scores, game stories, and, in a few cases, play-by-play accounts of these games.

Retrosheet has begun to work through these games to create box score files (and event files where possible) using Retrosheet's traditional approach of beginning with the most recent data (1948 in this case) and working back through time. This work is ongoing. A summary of games by season are available at the links below.


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Page Updated: 2/15/2021

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