MLB honors group of legends for Black History Month
February is Black History Month.
On day six of this historic month, MLB chose to look back on a few MLB legends and all six times two African-American players earned MVP honors in both leagues.
Black History Month is an important month because we honor the journeys of so many influential people, not only in society, but also in sport.
It was Jackie Robinson who broke the color barrier in baseball in 1947, which paved the way for other legends.
On Twitter, MLB posted a video featuring several African American stars and their MVP seasons, including Rod Carew, George Foster, Barry Bonds, Barry Larkin, Frank Thomas, Mo Vaughn, Jim Rice, Dave Parker, Rickey Henderson and Don Baylor.
The 6th day of #Black History Monthwe look back at the six times a pair of black players won MVP honors. pic.twitter.com/ZFYKA0KFRG
—MLB (@MLB) February 6, 2023
They are some of the most talented and influential players of all time.
Surprisingly, many of the players featured in the video are not in the Hall of Fame.
But the greatness of these players is undeniable and should not go unnoticed as we celebrate Black History Month and what these stars meant to the game of baseball in terms of legendary careers, but also in terms of diversity and of inclusion and the progress that has been made over the years.
Obviously, there’s still work to be done, but these stars have helped pave the way for other African Americans to have the opportunity to play Major League Baseball.
Rice, Thomas, Larkin, Carew and Henderson have all been enshrined in the Cooperstown Hall of Fame.