- Play ball April 16
Wednesday marked the 67th anniversary of Jackie Robinson breaking the color barrier to become baseball's first African-American player. And in the decades that followed, the game became far less white as more and more African-American players followed Robinson's path.
Yet now, that trend has begun to reverse, as this chart from Pew shows:
In 1981, the share of black players peaked at 18.7 percent. That number fell all the way to 8.3 percent this year. Meanwhile, baseball's international outreach has resulted in a sharp uptick in the number of foreign-born players from Latin America and Asia in that same span.
So what's driving that trend of dwindling black ballplayers? As our Michael Brendan Dougherty wrote recently, it's largely the result of globalization and capitalism re-segregating baseball by turning it into "an exurban game" that caters domestically to wealthy whites.- -
THE WEEK'S AUDIOPHILE PODCASTS: LISTEN SMARTER
- 43 TV shows to watch in 2014
- If Democrats abandon immigration reform after Tuesday's likely loss, they will turn 2016 into a debacle
- Beware of Splenda: The backlash against artificial sugars
- Sorry, we will not all be having sex with robots in the future
- How to be the most productive person in your office — and still get home by 5:30 p.m.
- 6 things the happiest families all have in common
- Stop making fun of philosophy and read some philosophy
- The real story behind Deliver Us From Evil
- How the South's ugly racial history is haunting ObamaCare
- How to live a long life, according to science
Subscribe to the Week