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After the Civil War even though slavery had been outlawed there was still a great amount of tension between blacks and whites The southern whites were bitter toward the loss of their slaves and although the north fought for the slaves freedom they did not want them to have equal priveledges As a result of this segregation was born Segregation is the seperation of two different groups in this case black and white people Blacks and whites were separated in many ways such as having different bathrooms and drinking fountains and even schools and churches Baseball is usually referred to as the national pastime The word nation is defined as a people usually inhabitants of a specific territory who share common customs One would assume that this means everyone was included but in reality they were not When the Major Leagues formed all of the players were white European descendants The National Association of Baseball Players would not allow any teams which consisted of one or more Negro players to join All of these newly freed former slaves wanted to play baseball but were prevented from doing so against white teams So they played each other Commonly referred as blackball it was played as an attraction at county fairs and carnivals Teams eventually would travel to other cities to play other black teams Blackball quickly found its way across the country in both major cities and rural farmlands With the growing popularity of Blackball across the country leagues were formed by entrepreneurs The leagues usually included teams in a surrounding region because is was too costly to travel across the country The team in Philadelphia was called the Hilldale Field Club or the Hilldales The Hilldales was a popular amateur team that began in 1910 Clark Lester 28 In 1911 Ed Bolden took over the team He was a clerk in the Philadelphia Post Office The Hilldales played in
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