By Ryan Kaczmarski
The Baseball Heritage Museum recently paid a visit to the Wellington Place home for seniors. Isaac “Ike” Brooks, a member of the museum’s board of trustees, was on hand to discuss some of the significant events in black and Latino baseball leading up to the reintegration of Major League Baseball (MLB baseball was integrated until the 1890’s, when the color line was drawn) in 1946 with the Brooklyn Dodgers signing Jackie Robinson, and a year later in 1947 with the Cleveland Indians signing Larry Doby. The presentation also provided a glimpse of the collections and exhibits on display at the museum, located in downtown Cleveland.
The Baseball Heritage Museum has as its mission the preservation and presentation of the history of diversity in baseball, by entertaining, educating and enlightening the visiting public about the multicultural heritage of baseball and the values it represents. For more information on the Baseball Heritage Museum, go to www.baseballheritagemuseum.org.