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MLB celebrates centennial of Negro Leagues formation

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Posted at 4:47 PM, Aug 16, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-16 16:47:36-04

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — Major League Baseball is celebrating the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Negro Leagues.

Players, coaches and umpires will be wearing a patch, on Sunday. It's commemorating the leagues created for black players before the integration of the sport.

Buffalo did play host to a Negro League team, albeit, 'Buffalo' was not in the name. The Indianapolis Clowns were located in Buffalo from 1951-1955. The team won 3 Negro American League championships while in Buffalo.

Hank Aaron, the player with the second most home runs in Major League Baseball history (many consider the most), played for the Clowns in Buffalo.

Andrew McCutchen, a member of the Philadelphia Phillies, tweeted a video this past week showcasing the history of the Negro Leagues in Buffalo.