Behind the Barrier: Voices from the Negro Leagues

Behind the Barrier: Voices from the Negro Leagues

Be a part of the history and stories of Negro Leagues baseball as told by the players themselves. From broadcaster Ron Barr's Sports Byline U.S.A. archives with narration by former NFL player and actor Bill Overton, Behind the Barrier shares stories from some of America's most popular and exciting sports leagues directly from players like Hank Aaron, Buck O'Neil, Willie Mays, and numerous others.


March 21, 2023 21 min

Each player in the Negro Leagues developed into a professional player through different paths. For a lucky few, organized baseball helped them rise, however for most the love of the game, the ability to play many positions, and sometimes luck were the development path for most Negro League players. Common to all players was learning from the older veterans as a key to success.

Narrated by Bill Overton

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In our first episode we look at the importance of the church and it's role in Negro League baseball. The church was important as a community center, a financial supporter, and a place to physically play baseball. The church was also was also a reason to dress in your Sunday best and head to a ballgame as long as the preacher finished in time!

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