The Negro Leagues Baseball Museum has released an iPad app that gives baseball fans the world over a chance to explore the history of the various baseball leagues that allowed African-American baseball players to showcase their skills before Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier in 1947. The app showcases the famous players of the leagues, such as Josh Gibson, Cool Papa Bell, and Satchel Paige, along with a timeline of the events that defined the Negro leagues, and eventually allowed the game to be as diverse as it is today (although fewer and fewer African-Americans are playing in MLB).
The app has been updated and put on sale in honor of the 2012 MLB All-Star Game being in Kansas City, which is also the home of the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum. This app is a reminder of the time before sports and society became far more racially tolerant and integrated, and when these leagues served as a way for talented athletes of color to remain involved in the game despite being locked out by prejudice. The app is on sale for $1.99, and proceeds go directly toward the museum.