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This baseball uniform was worn by a member of the Kansas City Monarchs, one of the top teams in the Negro Leagues of the 1920s, '30s, and '40s. The Monarchs' most famous player was shortstop Jackie Robinson, who played for the team in 1945. Robinson did not enjoy life in the Negro Leagues. "It was too difficult," he recalled. "The travel was brutal. Financially, there was no reward. It took everything you made to live off." Later that year, he signed with the Brooklyn Dodgers organization. Robinson's breaking of baseball's color barrier signaled the beginning of the end of the Negro Leagues.

Jackie Robinson, born January 31, 1919, Cairo, GA; died October 24, 1972, Stanford, CT
The principal Negro leagues were the Negro National League (1920-1931, 1933-1948), the Eastern Colored League (1923-28), and the Negro American League (1937-1960).
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Learn more!
· The Negro Leagues
· Partial transcript from "Turnaround" newspaper (undated)
· Black Baseball's Negro Baseball League Website

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