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Directed by Sam Pollard

USA, 2023, 1h 43min, DCP

New Releases

There are no current or future screenings planned for this film.

“This history has surely been well-covered elsewhere, but THE LEAGUE recounts it movingly.”
—Ben Kenigsberg, The New York Times

“For all of THE LEAGUE’s academic value, it’s endlessly, almost effortlessly engaging.”
—Andy Crump, Paste Magazine

THE LEAGUE celebrates the dynamic journey of Negro League baseball’s triumphs and challenges through the first half of the twentieth century. The story is told through previously unearthed archival footage and never-before-seen interviews with legendary players like Satchel Paige and Buck O’Neil — whose early careers paved the way for the Jackie Robinson era — as well as celebrated Hall of Famers Willie Mays and Hank Aaron, who started out in the Negro Leagues.

From entrepreneurial titans Cumberland Posey and Gus Greenlee, whose intense rivalry fueled the rise of two of the best baseball teams ever to play the game, to Effa Manley, the activist owner of the Newark Eagles and the only woman ever admitted to the National Baseball Hall of Fame, THE LEAGUE explores Black baseball as an economic and social pillar of Black communities and a stage for some of the greatest athletes to ever play the game, while also examining the unintended consequences of integration.