1867 December

9th The National Association of Base Ball Players bans blacks “on political grounds.” The Nominating Committee, in issuing a blanket acceptance of new applicants, states that, “It is not presumed by your committee that any club who have applied are composed of persons of color, or any portion of them; and the recommendations of our committee in this report are based upon this view, and they unanimously report against the admission of any club which may be composed of one or more colored persons.” The Base Ball Chronicle of December 19 reports that “the report of the Nominating Committee…was presented, the feature of it being there commendation to exclude colored clubs from representation in the Association, the object being to keep out of the Convention the discussion of any subject having a political bearing, as this undoubtedly had.”