HBCUs and the Negro Leagues
The prospect of making big money in the Negro Leagues never existed for players. In many cases, players took their money and went to graduate schools at various HBCUs around the country hoping to have a different career after playing. HBCUs became a de facto farm system for the Negro Leagues, with players squaring off against college teams in the off-season to prepare for games.
The End of the Leagues
In the 1990s, the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum opened in Kansas City, Missouri where the first league began. When Jackie Robinson was recruited by the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1946, this was the beginning of the end of the Negro Leagues. Robinson was joined by other talented Black players like Larry Doby, who joined the Cleveland Indians on July 5, 1947, and Hank Thompson who joined the St. Louis Browns on July 17. White teams that denied talented Black players in the past were now recruiting the best players, leaving a talent shortage in the Negro Leagues. By the 1960s, integration saw to the end of the leagues.