Astros OF L.J. Hoes on Increasing Black Interest in Baseball

There once existed a time that the sport of choice for African Americans took place on a baseball diamond.

Churches had leagues and one would be hard-pressed to pass an empty sandlot in the African American community and not see a game of some sort happening.

Our sports heroes at that time included legends like Josh Gibson, Satchel Paige and “Cool Papa” Bell, but recently African American children have begun to look elsewhere to find their sports heroes.

However, the Houston Astros are making waves throughout the African American community because of the plethora of young Black talent on the team, and outfielder L.J. Hoes hopes their success will lead to a renewed interest in the game for our children.

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