At its core, baseball is a game of numbers, typified by the familiar phrase: “You are what the back of your baseball card says you are.”

For the better part of three decades, Black baseball players competed on identical fields under the same rules as their white counterparts, but were considered inferior – even if their style of play and level of competition said otherwise.

Last December, Major League Baseball took a giant step toward correcting that by officially elevating the Negro Leagues to major league status.

The transformation takes another step forward Tuesday with Negro League statistics now listed alongside those of the American League and National League on Baseball-Reference.com.

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