Teaching History—Honoring Excellence—Connecting with Greatness
I am honored to present a unique history-teaching tool, Legends of the Game—Negro and Latin Leagues Baseball. This board game recounts American history from 1865–1955. The “Negro Leagues” rose from the ashes of segregation to become one of the most significant chapters of American history. While forever changing the way our national pastime was played, more importantly, the Negro Leagues changed the America way of life. America benefited tremendously from the sacrifice, fortitude, and perseverance demonstrated by men and women who simply wanted to play baseball! My goal is to provide this game to every public school and library in America, so that every community across the nation will understand the importance of baseball in American history.
To understand why I created Legends of the Game, you need to know a little bit about me.
I love to play games. I grew up in a home where my grandparents, parents, and childhood friends instilled in me a fond appreciation for games. I am pleased to say that we spent more time around our dining room table playing games than we did in front of our television (and I know that I am a better person for it).
As a father, I attended an educational workshop that demonstrated the powerful influence of games on the cognitive learning skills of children. I was very impressed with the information and created a couple of games for my children to learn the solar system and sharpen their math skills.
The concept for Legends of the Game was born in 1998. While visiting the Atlanta Underground with my family, I came across a vendor selling Negro Leagues jerseys, books, and posters. My son—eight years old at the time—had no idea what the Negro Leagues were, nor had he heard of any of the players. Later, however, I wondered why I had been surprised. What channels existed to ensure that this important part of America history for “people of color” would be communicated from generation to generation? I could think of none except The Negro Leagues Baseball Museum in Kansas City, Missouri. I found some books and some Internet resources, but my son considered the books "homework." It was too heavy-handed. He, like most boys, wanted to learn—yes. Nevertheless, what he really wanted was to have fun!
The seed was planted. I decided that I would come up with a fun, yet effective, way to teach my son the players and historical events of the Negro and Latin Baseball Leagues. Legends of the Game is the result of my resolve, and I am proud to say that it has worked for my son and others who have played the game. I’m confident that everyone who plays it will enjoy learning something new or remembering those who lived and played in the era of the Negro Leagues.
“Remembering the past is the key to our present and our future.”
Book a Speaking Engagement
The inventor Rick Mosley of the Legends of the Game Negro & Latin Leagues Baseball game shares his eight years of research and thoughts on topics related to Black baseball and American cultural. Don’t miss this opportunity to be posed with questions and thoughts to stimulate your mind into hearing the “Untold History” of African Americans from 1865-1955. Below are three topics for 2011 season, Rick will present to your church, civic group, fraternity or our Little League baseball league.
Topics for Presentations:
- African American history 1855-1955 –Black Baseball & the American Dream
- Jackie Robinson & Branch Rickey- “Christian Impact on American Culture
- ”Rube Foster an American Business Revolutionary.
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