Baseball Not Attractive To African American Youth?


According to the most recent study done by the National Sporting Goods Association, an industry trade group, the number of kids ages 7 to 17 playing baseball fell 24 percent from 2000 to 2009. The Major League Baseball’s Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities Program (RBI) is created to increase interest in baseball, promote academic participation and achievement, and instill the value of teamwork. It delivers a positive, team-oriented activity that will help keep children off the streets while inspiring them physically and mentally.

The percentage of African-Americans playing  professional baseball has dropped from 19 percent to 8.5 since 1986. Last April, the MLB Commissioner announced that his organization is forming a 17-member committee to investigate the decline in the number of African-American baseball players.

At the start of the 2013 season, African-Americans accounted for only 7.7 percent of all Major League opening day rosters.