Baltimore Orioles Franchise: All African-American Team

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Baltimore Orioles Franchise: All African-American Team
by Cliff Eastham

This is the third installment in this series. I am compiling All-Franchise Teams based on African Americans.

The idea came to me as the result of a comment made by Joe Morgan who brought to light the decline in African-American players in MLB.

I started with the New York Yankees and the second installment was the Cincinnati Reds. It is part of my master plan to complete the American and National Leagues if I live long enough. I plan on alternating between National League and American League.

Some teams, especially at certain positions are paper thin when it comes to African-Americans. I am not including Latinos or anyone else I know not to be an African-American. Some players may not have decent enough statistics to make a minor league team, but if they are the best a team has had, they will do.

Allow me some latitude if I err in my discernment for a particular player. I am not doing a background check or DNA analysis on anyone, mainly by their place of birth, though not exclusively.

I hope you enjoy this and look forward to your comments. No screaming please.

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