Black Diamonds: Map of Negro League Baseball Teams Available from Ball State University Libraries
On this day in 1947 Jackie Robinson made his debut in Major League Baseball playing for the Brooklyn Dodgers. Robinson’s start marked the long-awaited end of segregation, which forced players to participate in a separate Negro League Baseball.
The Ball State University Libraries’ GIS Research and Map Collection (GRMC) created this map (above, click to enlarge) showing the locations and names of the Negro League Baseball teams. The map is based on the book The Complete Book of Baseball’s Negro Leagues: The Other Half of Baseball History by John Holway. Photographs on the map are from Playing America’s Game by Michael L. Cooper, which is available from the Educational Resources Collections in Bracken Library. The map was made in coordination with a special collaborative project with Geralyn Strecker, Assistant Professor in the Department of English. The base map is a 1931 road map, so researchers can imagine the routes travelled by the teams during that era of history. This map circulates for two weeks or longer and is available through interlibrary loan.
For more information, please contact the GRMC Monday through Friday at 765-285-1097.