John Donaldson included on the National Baseball Hall of Fame ballot
by The Donaldson Network
John Wesley Donaldson is not a name most baseball fans bring easily to mind. Yet his century-old, towering contributions to the national pastime are beginning to be recognized and his legacy is being restored. After two decades of searching historical documents, The Donaldson Network announced the inclusion of John Donaldson to the Early Game ballot by the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, NY.
Donaldson is included along with other Negro League standouts for baseball’s highest honor. The color line forced John Donaldson to play the game far away from major leagues and he is known to have played in more than 744 cities in the U.S. and Canada. He brought interracial baseball to each and every town spreading and integrating the game in the process.
Tragically, Donaldson’s career and legacy were systematically eliminated from the consciousness of history by segregation. . .