Baseball's Negro Leagues will be honored by US Mint with coins

Photo of Dominic Genetti

For decades, the Negro Leagues displayed baseball talent at a time of divide and segregation.

Professional baseball did not allow Black players to play in the National League or American League until the barrier was broken by Jackie Robinson in 1947 when he suited up for the Brooklyn Dodgers. The Negro Leagues gave Black and Hispanic players the opportunity to play ball professionally — many finding so much success they eventually made their way to the big leagues following Robinson's pioneering step forward.

The U.S. Mint is commemorating the Negro Leagues with three new coins, and purchases will benefit the Negro Leagues Museum in Kansas City, Missouri. 

A gold $5 coin has been produced along with a $1 silver coin and half-dollar clad coin.

Rube Foster, one of the co-founders of the Negro Leagues, is featured on the gold $5 coin while unidentified images are featured on the others. Foster is a member of the National Baseball Hall of Fame, as well as other Negro League stars that made it to the big leagues and eventually the hall of fame like Satchel Paige, Willie Mays and Hank Aaron.

If the coins sell out, the Negro Leagues Museum could see nearly $6 million in revenue.