Untold Stories
Baseball and the Multicultural Experience


BROADCAST DATE: TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 12, 2002

Many students are familiar with the feats of Babe Ruth, Hank Aaron, and Mickey Mantle, but what about the accomplishments of baseball stars such as Minnie Minoso, Sam Jethroe, and Masanori Murakami? Their courage as Latino, African-American, and Asian athletes helped make baseball one of the first great melting potsin professional sports. As a result, diversity and athleticism remain time-tested teammates on the field of excellence.

From the archives of the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in Cooperstown, NY, learn untold stories about Jackie Robinson, Larry Doby, Hank Greenberg, and Roberto Clemente, men who defied prejudice to challenge racial and ethnic barriers with a pride and passion that continues to inspire. This electronic field trip through the gallery and exhibits of America's greatest baseball shrine will reveal surprising lessons in math and science, social studies and the fine arts. Learn how the character and leadership of these men shaped the future of baseball.

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