MLB recognizes historic Negro Leagues as ‘Major League’
Major League Baseball (MLB) is finally recognizing the historic Negro Leagues as part of its own history -- counting the statistics and records of thousands of Black baseball players. The MLB is now recognizing more than 3,400 players as “Major League” players for the first time in history. “It’s overdue, but it’s a bittersweet moment because most of the guys are gone,” said Negro League historian Louis Manley Jr. Between 1920 and 1948, four major Negro League teams played in Detroit. He could do it all,” Rosilyn Stearnes said of her father Turkey Stearns.
Detroit Tigers announce partnership with sportsbook operator
DETROIT The Detroit Tigers became the first Major League Baseball team to reach a deal with a sports gambling company, announcing a multiyear partnership Thursday with PointsBet. Detroit said the agreement will enhance fan engagement and game-day excitement by providing access to unique experiences, content, promotions and more, in and around Comerica Park.PointsBet operates in rare space within the industry by owning our technology environment from end to end, which allows us to be extremely nimble on product innovation and personalized offerings to complement our apps market-leading speed," PointsBet USA chief executive officer Johnny Aitken said in a statement. As part of the deal, PointsBet will have branding at Comerica Park and will be featured on the Detroit Tigers Radio Network. Related: Michigan Gaming Control Board now accepting online gaming operator, vendor forms