College of Liberal Arts

Whither Jackie Robinson?

Tuesday Oct 15, 2013 7:00 PM | BMC 5.208

A discussion about the declining rate of African American participation in Major League Baseball

On Opening Day 2013, African-Americans represented 8.5 percent of the players on Major League Baseball rosters, a level not seen since the 1950s.

From the era of the Negro Leagues to the present, African-Americans have been central to the evolution of the game of baseball. Yet their demographic presence in the game has declined significantly over the last 40 years while it has expanded in football, basketball, and other sports.

How do we understand this declining presence of African-Americans in Major League Baseball? What is the relationship between the decline of Black participation and the rising prominence of Latino and Latino-American players?

Join us for a discussion with historians Dr. Adrian Burgos, Dr. Rob Ruck, and former Major League Baseball player Gary Matthews Jr. The panel will be moderated by UT-Austin professor Dr. Frank Guridy.

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