Original pencil drawing.
Copyright United States Mint. Used with permission.

The United States Mint has opened sales of the 2022 Negro Leagues Baseball commemorative coins and my design was chosen to appear on the obverse of the copper-nickel clad half dollar. The design features a Negro Leagues tour bus which served as the players home on the road when they were refused entry to hotels and restaurants. The batter exemplifies a determination to play the game that he loves, regardless of challenging circumstances, as he paves the way for desegregation in Major League Baseball (MLB)

Obverse sculpted by John P. McGraw
Copyright United States Mint. Used with permission.

“The Negro Leagues Baseball Museum is thrilled to partner with the United States Mint on the release of these historic coins that beautifully captures the ‘winning spirit’ of the Negro Leagues,” said Bob Kendrick, Negro Leagues Baseball Museum President. “We hope that collectors and baseball fans alike will purchase these coins and support the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum efforts to ensure that the legacy and important life lessons of the Negro Leagues plays on…”

$5 for each half dollar sold, are authorized to be paid to the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum to aid in its mission to promote tolerance, diversity, and inclusion.

The Pittsburgh Crawfords pose in front of their tour bus in 1935.

Read more at The United States Mint.

Further reading on life as a player in the Negro Leagues:

Smithsonian Magazine

The Philadelphia Inquirer

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