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Most baseball fans are familiar with the Chicago Black Sox, the 1919 White Sox team that threw the World Series to the Cincinnati Reds and was immortalized in the John Cusack film Eight Men Out. But there was also the Washington Black Sox, closer to home and without the scandalous history. The D.C. team is a focal point of the exhibit “Separate and Unequaled: Black Baseball in the District of Columbia.” The display acknowledges the ignominious history of racial segregation in America while celebrating the athletic achievements of black baseball players in the face of adversity. While the semi-pro Black Sox weren’t part of the Negro Leagues—that distinction belonged locally to the Homestead Grays—they still broke barriers, becoming one of the first all-black teams to play ball on the Ellipse. This Black Sox team is one that even Cubs fans can get behind.
THE EXHIBITION IS ON VIEW 10 A.M. TO 5 P.M. DAILY AT THE ANACOSTIA COMMUNITY MUSEUM, 1901 FORT PL. SE. FREE. (202) 633-4820.