Where Are the Black Baseball Players?

Mark Cunningham/MLB Photos via Getty Images
Mark Cunningham/MLB Photos via Getty Images

Where are the black baseball players going? The African-American population in baseball this season has plummeted to 8.05 percent, less than half the 17.25 percent in 1959 when the Boston Red Sox became the last team to integrate its roster, 12 years after Jackie Robinson broke baseball's color barrier with the Brooklyn Dodgers, USA Today reports. It's a dramatic decline from 1975, when 27 percent of rosters were African American. In 1995 the percentage was 19 percent.


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