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Baseball’s Coronavirus Shutdown Reminds Some of Similar Season a Century Ago

 Rube Foster, one of the best pitchers of the early 20th Century, worked with a white man, J.L. Wilkinson to establish the Negro National League during the segregation era in baseball. (Photo: Negro Leagues Baseball Museum)

Major League Baseball is ironing out details to start a shortened season in July, since the first part of the season was wiped out by the coronavirus pandemic. You could say history is repeating itself in a way. More than 100 years ago, the global flu pandemic of 1918 disrupted another baseball season, and helped alter the game’s history forever. Greg Echlin explains.


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