In 1971, the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York created a committee to identify players from Negro League baseball deserving induction. At that time, Jackie Robinson (1962) and Roy Campanella (1969) were the only African American Hall of Fame inductees. The Committee on the Negro Leagues consisted of former Negro League players and executives, and African American sportswriters of the Negro League baseball era. It was tasked with giving long overdue recognition and honor to those who could not display their God given baseball talents in the Major Leagues due to racism.Based on the committee’s selection, the following Negro league players were inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame:
Satchel Paige – 1971
Josh Gibson – 1972Walter “Buck” Leonard – 1972
Monte Irvin – 1973
James “Cool Papa” Bell – 1974
William Julius “Judy” Johnson – 1975Oscar Charleston – 1976
Who is your favorite player from the Negro League baseball era?