Capstones

Graduation Date

12-31-2014

Subject Concentration

Arts & Culture

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)

Abstract

This season Major League Baseball announced that African-American players only comprised 8.3% of rosters on this year’s Opening Day. This would be tied for the lowest number ever recorded by the Institute of Ethics and Diversity in Sports since 1990, their first year of research. In 1990, TIDE reported that 17 percent of the players were black; other tallies have put the high mark as 1986, when the figure was 19 percent. The rise in popularity of basketball and football, along with a lack of funds and interests interest in baseball amongst the black community has caused the decline; but is anyone fighting back? And is baseball in the inner cities doomed for good?

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