The big news from Major League Baseball on Wednesday was the announcement that the league will finally recognize the Negro Leagues as a Major League. While the announcement does not really affect the modern game as we know it, it is a move to finally recognize the work and talent in a league that has left a resounding impact on the game. The recognition is long overdue.
Wow. MLB is officially recognizing the Negro Leagues as a Major League. MLB describes this as a "longtime oversight and the Negro Leagues now has its "long overdue recognition." pic.twitter.com/iyoD3zYVc2— Lindsey Adler (@lindseyadler) December 16, 2020
What this does possibly impact is the history of Major League Baseball, its Hall of Fame and Museum, and maybe some of its records. Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post Dispatch brought up how St. Louis’s major league championship total changes.
Eager to see how #MLB merges the history and the statistics to reflect the Negro Leagues being (finally) classified as a 'major' league. Here are STL's Major League championships:— Derrick S. Goold (@dgoold) December 16, 2020
1886*, 1926, 1928**, 1930**, 1931** & 1931, 1934, 1942, 1944, 1946, 1964, 1967, 1982, 2006, 2011.
* St. Louis Browns won as part of the American Association, and #stlcards are weighing whether to consider this as a 12th championship. The Hall does.— Derrick S. Goold (@dgoold) December 16, 2020
** St. Louis Stars were a dominant team in this era for the Negro Leagues.
That's 15 championships.
The more the league can recognize those from history that worked to bring the game to where it is today, the better. Baseball is a game that has long treasured its history. Now that history is a bit more complete.