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This all-Black team changed history — but the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame eludes them again

This all-Black team changed history — but the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame eludes them again
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On June 28, 1945, the Monarchs, an all-Black baseball team, made history by becoming the first team to play in the International League. Although the Monarchs were not the first all-Black team, they were the first to compete in a professional league. The Monarchs went on to win the league championship in 1946, and their players included future Hall of Famers such as Satchel Paige, Hilton Smith, and Willard Brown.

Despite their success, the Monarchs have yet to be inducted into the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame. This is despite the fact that the Monarchs have been nominated for induction multiple times over the years. The Hall of Fame’s selection committee has repeatedly cited a lack of evidence as the primary reason for not inducting the Monarchs.

This decision has been met with criticism from many in the baseball community. They argue that the Monarchs’ accomplishments should be recognized, and that the Hall of Fame should take a more proactive approach to recognizing the team’s achievements.

The Monarchs’ story is an important part of Canadian baseball history, and their induction into the Hall of Fame would be a fitting tribute to their legacy. It is time for the Hall of Fame to recognize the Monarchs and give them the recognition they deserve.

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Avi Adkins is a seasoned journalist with a passion for storytelling and a keen eye for detail. With years of experience in the field, Adkins has established himself as a respected figure in journalism.

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