Starter Black Label x Size? ‘Negro League Baseball Museum’ Collection
A collaboration collection between brand, store, American sports heritage and black culture. Not only is this collection iconically designed and agelessly stylistic; but it represents race barriers being broken in the 1940’s.
Read the inspiring story behind the collection below;
During the late 1800’s numerous African-Americans began to play baseball for various military, college and state company teams, eventually making their way into professional teams alongside white players. However, due to the large amount of racism and segregation within the communities at the time, along with the enforcement of the “Jim Crow” laws (the segregation of white and black public services), these players were forced away and in turn created several teams of their own.
With these teams barnstorming around the country playing and usually beating anyone who would challenge them, their popularity grew rapidly and in 1920 an organised league structure was formed. The Negro National League slowly formed in rival Southern and Eastern states, bringing the thrills and innovative play of black baseball to major urban centres and the rural countryside in the USA, Canada and even in Latin America. With such a high level of skill within the league it was only a matter of time until the racial barriers, imposed for so long, came tumbling down. In 1945 Major League Baseball’s Brooklyn Dodgers recruited Jackie Robinson from the Kansas City Monarchs, making him the first African-American in the modern era to play on a Major League roster. Soon after, the best black players from across the country were recruited for the Major Leagues which prompted their fans to follow, and the gradual decline of the Negro League as a whole began.
To commemorate the legacy of the players and teams that started this sports revolution, Starter Black Label have come together with the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum and size? to present a selection of baseball, hockey and American football-inspired jerseys from legendary teams such as the Black Yankees, Hilldale Giants and Homestead Grays.
The size? Worldwide exclusive Starter Black Label ‘Negro Leagues’ collection is now available in selected size? stores and online.