In celebration of the Negro Leagues’ 100th anniversary, apparel brand Roots Of Fight in collaboration with the Major League Baseball Players Association (MLBPA) is launching a clothing collection that pays tribute to the African American legends who paved the way for diversity in the sport. World Series champion, Cy Young Award winner and one of the famed ‘Black Aces’, CC Sabathia served as the collection’s Creative Director to highlight the impact yesterday’s legends have had on today’s greats.
The collection, which will drop unique capsules periodically starting on Thursday, July 9th, pays homage to the African American baseball players that have paved the way for today’s athletes with capsules featuring legendary former Black players. In order to represent the lasting influence Negro League players have had on today’s game, Sabathia designed the apparel to include the phrase “They Played For Us.” This will serve as an invitation for current players and individuals to finish the sentence with “So We Can…”
Featuring a full range of T’s, hoodies, shorts and more, the collection was thoughtfully designed and curated to preserve the Negro League’s rich history and highlight the pioneers who wrote it. The first capsule of the collection will pay tribute to the Negro League’s Centennial, as well as the life and legacy of baseball’s beloved Jackie Robinson, who famously broke the color barrier in 1947.
A portion of proceeds from all sales will benefit the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum’s efforts to preserve and celebrate the rich history of African American baseball and its significance in the social advancement of America at large. Furthermore, when legendary former players are featured in the collection, a portion of proceeds will also go directly to them or their estates.
Prices range from $40 – $350 USD and will debut exclusively on RootsOfFight.com.
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