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The Children's Hour
The Children's Hour is Kids Public Radio
Weekly Program
Author, filmmaker & historian Byron Motley, poet E. Ethelbert Miller, Kids Crew & Katie Stone
 Katie Stone  Contact Contributor
Feb. 6, 2023, 3:27 p.m.
This time on The Children's Hour we learn about our Black American history, this time exploring the Negro Baseball Leagues. These were professional teams made up of Black and other non-white players, and the only way Black athletes could play professional baseball while the Major Leagues remained segregated. Our guest is Byron Motley, author of Negro Baseball Leagues - A Memoir which chronicles the story of these leagues.

Byron's own father was an umpire for the Negro Baseball Leagues. His father's love of the game was passed along to Byron, who only understood as an adult what challenges his dad had to overcome to be included in the world of baseball.

Many legends of baseball come from the NBL, including Jackie Robinson, the first Black player to integrate the Major Leagues. We learn about the oldest player to ever rookie for Major League Baseball at the age of 42, Satchel Paige, along with NBL players Larry Doby, and Josh Gibson.

We've also got a poem from E. Ethelbert Miller's book "If God Invented Baseball" and we hear some classic comedy by Abbot & Costello.

This episode is mixed with great music, and comes with a Learn-Along Guide that meets and cites National education standards. Find it at
Katie Stone, Executive Producer
Eli Henley, Producer
Chad Scheer, Engineer
Real News Network's Marc Steiner Show
Jonathan Dunski, Education Writer
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Negro Baseball Leagues Download Program Podcast
This time on The Children's Hour we learn from author and historian Byron Motley about the Negro Baseball Leagues, the only way Black baseball players could play professionally when Major League Baseball was segregated.
00:58:00 1 Feb. 6, 2023
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