Negro Leagues players will be recognized at draft
There will be two baseball drafts on Thursday. The Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft will begin the professional careers of some of the game's future stars. The second draft will recognize some of those who might have been stars, but never got the chance.Prior to the Major League draft at Disney's Wide World of Sports Complex in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., Major League Baseball will hold a special Negro Leagues Player Draft. Each Major League club will "draft" surviving former Negro Leagues players, who will represent every player who did not have the opportunity to play baseball in the major leagues.
All of these former [Negro Leagues] players have interesting stories to tell. They didn't have the opportunity. Now they will.
--Jimmie Lee Solomon, MLB's executive VP for baseball operations