Robert Scott Among Former Negro Leagues Players Honored At White House

ELIZABETH – City resident Robert Scott was one of several former Negro Leagues baseball players honored by President Barack Obama at a White House reception earlier this month.

Scott, 83, was a pitcher and first baseman who played for the New York Black Yankees and the Memphis Red Sox in a career that lasted from 1946-1950, according to the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum website.

Until Jackie Robinson made his debut with the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1947, African-Americans were prevented from competing with white baseball players for decades.

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