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Negro Marines prepare for action. Breaking a tradition of 167 years, the U.S. Marine Corps started enlisting Negroes on June 1, 1942. The first class of 1,200 Negro volunteers began their training three months later as members of the 51st Composite Defense Battalion at Montford Point, a section of the 200 square mile Marine Base, Camp Lejeune, at New River, North Carolina. Evidence of the lack of racial friction may be seen in the sports program at the camp. On the baseball team Negro enlistees and white non-com officers are teammates. Camp Lejeune has its own baseball league, with the Montford Point team a strong contender for championship honors. Nice vintage photo for baseball fans or baseball memorabilia collectors. Learn More
Photo shows view from stands of a baseball game between the Detroit Tigers and Cleveland Indians. Photo taken at Tiger Stadium in Detroit, MI and dates to 1942. Learn More
Photo shows a nice portrait of Jackie Robinson in unform while he was in the Negro League with the Kansas City Monarchs. Photo dates to 1945. Great historical photo for baseball fans. Learn More