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Negro Baseball Leagues
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     challenging words:    popularity, status, entertainment, leagues, newly, version, schedule, professional, wherever, hopeless, satchel, however, development, freedom, earn, several
     content words:    Civil War, National Association, Baseball Players, Moses Fleetwood Walker, Welday Walker, Cuban Giants, Negro National League, Rube Foster, Eastern Colored League, National League


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Negro Baseball Leagues
By Jane Runyon
  

1     The American game of baseball is from an English game called Rounders. Americans started playing their version of the game in the early 1800s. By the time the country was facing a civil war, the game had become the national sport. Wherever you find a sport, you find teams. Wherever you find teams, you find competition. This was true with baseball.
 
2     Baseball began as a "gentleman's" game. Athletic clubs would schedule games against each other for entertainment. The Civil War may have brought freedom for slaves, but it didn't get the newly freed men invitations to play on white teams. All black teams were formed. Baseball teams were amateur in those days. An amateur will play a sport for the fun of playing. A professional wants to be paid for playing.
 
3     On December 11, 1868, the first amateur baseball league was formed. It was called the National Association of Baseball Players. One of the main rules of this league was that no colored persons would be allowed on any of the teams.

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