The Negro Leagues
Courtesy of Library of Congress.
Another step in the development of all-black baseball leagues may have been teams representing the country's historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs). Though there were exceptions, most college sports had yet to integrate, so African Americans who wished to play often had to attend all-black colleges or join amateur black leagues. The group seen here above is from Morris Brown College in Atlanta, Georgia, founded by former slaves in 1881.