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Former U.S. presidents give 'unprecedented salute' to Negro Leagues in Tip Your Cap campaign

Former U.S. presidents give 'unprecedented salute' to Negro Leagues in Tip Your Cap campaign 1

The Negro Leagues were formed in 1920 because Black players were being excluded from Major League Baseball. One hundred years later, four former United States presidents are literally tipping their caps to the league that produced so many all-time baseball greats.

Participating in the “Tip Your Cap” campaign, which was organized by Negro Leagues Baseball Museum president Bob Kendrick and started two weeks ago, Barack Obama, George W. Bush, Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter on Monday shared their messages of support.

“That alone validates this project,” Kendrick said Monday of the former presidents’ participation (via MLB.com). “It many ways, it validates the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum. Naturally, we feel that is a coup. It’s the ultimate show of respect of what this museum represents, not only here in Kansas City, but to our nation.”

The “Tipping Your Cap” campaign’s site calls the participation of Obama, Bush, Clinton and Carter “an unprecedented American salute for the men and women who were denied the chance to play in the Major Leagues because of the color of their skin but continued to strive and excel and play ball.”

Basketball legend Michael Jordan is among the celebrities who also have tipped their caps to acknowledge the 100-year anniversary of the formation of the Negro Leagues.

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