Howard University, Real Sports and African-Americans in Baseball

I just watched the most recent episode of Real Sports on HBO. One of the segments on the program was an interview with major league ballplayer Torri Hunter of the Los Angeles Angels. In that interview, Hunter laments the fact that only eight percent of all MLB players are African-Americans and that baseball was dying as a sport in America’s inner cities.

Here in Washington, D.C., Howard University, one of our nation’s leading Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), doesn’t have a varsity baseball team. Why? Because the program was cut, along with men’s wrestling, over five years ago in an effort to better comply with the proportionality test used to enforce Title IX in collegiate athletics.

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