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‘A Turning Point’: Racial disparities in baseball

A Turning Point panel discussion: Racial disparities in baseball

This panel will be hosted by Chris Webb and three urban league owners about the issues baseball faces. You can watch it right here, LIVE at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday.

CLEVELAND — EDITOR’S NOTE: The video in the player above is from a previous discussion for “A Turning Point.”

The Tokyo Olympics are just days away, and baseball is one of the sports that will be played for these summer games. 

In almost every year since 1981, the number of African American players in Major League Baseball has fallen. The racial disparities in baseball in America are felt from little leagues, to high school, all the way up to the major leagues. 

Cleveland has a rich history of baseball in the Black community, but a gap still remains between generations that haven’t yet picked up an interest in playing the sport.

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On Tuesday afternoon at 3:30 p.m., 3News Contributor Chris Webb will host a digital panel, featuring local urban league owners Wendell Fields of Bbuzz Baseball, as well as Dave Ramnarine and Marcus Morrison, both of the Inner City Baseball Academy of Greater Cleveland. DJ Anderson, a recent high school graduate and baseball player from Cleveland, will also join the panel discussion.

The group will discuss the financial roadblocks, social barriers and the skills that are needed to reintroduce America’s greatest past time, baseball, to today’s Black community. 

We will stream the panel discussion LIVE right here, as well as on our social media platforms.

EDITOR’S NOTE: The video in the player below is from a previous “A Turning Point” discussion on systematic racism.

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