The Society for American Baseball Research was established in Cooperstown, New York, in 1971. Our mission is to foster the study of baseball past and present, and to provide an outlet for educational, historical and research information about the game.
Artie Wilson, Seattle Rainiers Spring Training, 1952. Wilson and Bob Boyd were the first African American players to play baseball professionally for Seattle. In 1952. they battled all year for the PCL batting crown, with Boyd edging out Wilson, .320 to .316. Wilson was the last player to hit .400 in the Negro Leagues. / David Eskenazi Collection