Blacks in Baseball
The 61st anniversary of Jackie Robinson breaking the color barrier in baseball was last Thursday. Coinciding with that anniversary was a release from the University of Central Florida which stated the number of blacks making up MLB, 8.2 percent, is an all-time low.
So a few questions for you:
1) What (I know it's probably many things) has caused these declining numbers? Lack of opportunity? Enjoying other sports? Because remember for our parents (when I say our, I mean people roughly 24+) baseball, horse racing and boxing were THE major sports. The other's were big, but not as popular as those three â€” so there is a precedent for black people playing baseball.
2) What can be done to rectify the situation? Better marketing? More baseball centers around the country?
3) Should something be done to rectify it? Is is necessary to have lots of blacks playing in MLB?
A couple of articles:
MLB has to do more for blacks