“Untold Story” of Negro Leagues Celebrated at Philadelphia Exhibit
Baseball celebrates its history arguably more than any other sport, but some of the most passionate fans of the sport still might not know the untold story of the Philadelphia Negro Leagues.
However, fans have the opportunity to discover the less-documented history of the local game with “A League Apart,” an exhibit at Cherry Street Pier open until August 24.
Celebrating The Philadelphia Negro Leagues
Carolyn Quick originally came up with the idea for “A League Apart” as part of a graduate school project at the University of the Arts.
While MLB statisticians work to incorporate the history of the Negro Leagues into their legacy, a city that played an irreplaceable role will bring recognition to a forgotten chapter of the game.
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The exhibit “showcases the importance of breaking barriers through the stories of the Philadelphia Negro Leagues and their ongoing legacy.”
It celebrates the players, owners, and teams who reversed the baseball traditions and enabled significant progress in professional sports.
The Untold Story of Philadelphia Baseball
Local baseball fans probably know the history of the Philadelphia Phillies. They’ve probably heard stories of Hall of Famer and Germantown native Roy Campanella.
They might’ve passed by the incredible mural art at Philadelphia Stars Negro League Memorial Park at 44th and Parkside Avenue, just a short ride down Belmont Ave. from 97.5 The Fanatic’s Bala Cynwyd studios.
However, Quick wants to expand that knowledge to include the untold story of the Philadelphia Negro Leagues.
“You hear the names Babe Ruth and Ty Cobb, but what about the stories of Philadelphia Stars’ Mahlon Duckett and ‘Slim’ Jones? In this exhibit, we highlight why the Negro Leagues are important, their formation, and their ongoing legacy so that people today can have a complete history of America’s pastime.” -Carolyn Quick
Octavius Catto and Ed Bolden became pioneers by creating opportunities for black players to play professionally despite the color ban in Major League Baseball.
Richard “Dick” Allen became of the most successful players in Phillies history despite facing serious racial discrimination during his professional career.
More recently, Mo’ne Davis carried on a legacy of major impact during a trip to the Little League World Series.
“A League Apart” will showcase these four influential figures in local baseball history.
Learn their stories and enjoy limited-edition baseball cards during a trip to the exhibit.
Visit Cherry Street Pier on Columbus Blvd. below the Ben Franklin Bridge before August 24.
Admission is free, and guided tours are available.