African-Americans had been excluded from major league baseball since 1884, and from all of professional baseball since 1889.
Major League Baseball (MLB) is a professional baseball organization, the oldest of the four major professional sports leagues in the United States and Canada.
A total of 30 teams now play in the American League (AL) and National League (NL), with 15 teams in each league.
After cooperating but remaining legally separate entities since 1903, the leagues merged into a single organization led by the Commissioner of Baseball in 2000.
The organization also oversees Minor League Baseball, which comprises about 240 teams affiliated with the Major League clubs.
With the World Baseball Softball Confederation, MLB manages the international World Baseball Classic tournament.
United Statessporting eventsportsteam sportssport eventsball sportscompetitive sportsaverageage structureseason Teamsprofessional sportsprofessional sports leagues United Statesbaseballprofessional leagues This graph depicts Major League Baseball clubs by average player age in 2016. dollars or more in salaries in 2014 are Cliff Lee, Ryan Howard, Prince Fielder, Robinson Cano, Cole Hamels, Mark Teixeira, C. Sabathia, Joe Mauer, Albert Pujols, Felix Hernandez, Miguel Cabrera, Masahiro Tanaka, Adrian Gonzalez, Matt Kemp, Jacob Ellsbury, Carl Crawford, Matt Cain, Jayson Werth, David Wright and Justin Verlander.
Houston Astros baseball club had an average player age of 28.4 years in 2016.
Major League Baseball players Amongst all teams in Major League Baseball, the Boston Red Sox have the roster with the highest average player age in 2014. The average age of the Boston Red Sox players in April 2014 was 31 years. dollars in 2003, a CAGR of 3.64 percent of the past ten years. In the 2014 season, the pitcher Zack Greinke, who plays for the Los Angeles Dodgers, is the highest paid player in the MLB with a salary of 26 million U. The oldest player in the MLB as at April 17, 2014 is Raul Ibanez. The second-oldest player is La Troy Hawkins of the Colorado Rockies, who is about half a year younger than Ibanez. According to the Collective Bargaining Agreement between Major League Baseball and the MLB Players Association, the minimum player salary for the 2014 season was at 500 thousand U. The average player salary in Major League Baseball was at 3.39 million U. Below is a list of the first black players in Major League Baseball by team in chronological order, since the abolition of the Baseball color line.During the 1880s, Moses Fleetwood Walker, a black man, had played for the Toledo Blue Stockings of the American Association (his brother Welday Walker also played a few games with the club), and it was essentially against Fleetwood Walker that the line was originally drawn.