Whites Have Become the Heavy Hitters in Black College Baseball

A generation ago African Americans made up close to one quarter of the players in Major League baseball. Today only 8.5 percent of the players on Major League rosters are African Americans.

At the college level, about 6 percent of the players on baseball athletic scholarships are black. But many of the nation’s best college baseball teams have no black players.

Now, white players have become the norm on the baseball teams at the nation’s historically black colleges and universities. Of the seven black colleges in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference which field baseball teams, only one has a roster where the majority of its players are black. Blacks make up about 90 percent of the overall student bodies at these schools. At Coppin State University in Baltimore, half of the white males in the overall student body are baseball players.

Baseball coaches at the black colleges say that they try to recruit the best overall talent available and that there are not large numbers of African-American prospects. The best black baseball players either turn professional or are recruited with full athletic scholarships by the nation’s top college baseball programs.