Presidents, Celebrities, Legends Tip Their Caps to 100 Year Anniversary of the Negro Leagues

Presidents, Celebrities, Legends Tip Their Caps to 100 Year Anniversary of the Negro Leagues


Remember the Derek Jeter #RE2PECT hat tips in 2014? Back then, there were former teammates of his tipping their cap in respect for “The Captain”. 

We thought to get Michael Jordan was a big deal.

But Bob Kendrick, President of the Negro Leagues Museum, had a grander and in his words “crazier” plan in mind for us in — and oh boy, #TipYourCap2020 has been big.

Four U.S. Presidents, along with Billie Jean King, Magic Johnson, Hall-of-Fame baseball players, celebrities, and over 100 million people worldwide have been tipping their caps to the 100 year anniversary of the Negro Leagues.

Though people of color had been playing competitive baseball as far back as 1855, the Negro National League, founded by Rube Foster in 1920, was considered the highest level of play made available to any athlete, no matter the color of their skin. The reason it’s called the plural, Negro League’s’, is because there were numerous institutions that were formed and then were broken up for economic reasons, all of which the Negro Leagues museum represents. Baseball players such as Hall-of-Famers Bob Gibson, Satchel Paige, and Atlanta Braves Legend Hank Aaron played in the Negro Leagues — and that is only naming a few.

In an interview on MLB Network on June 29th, Kendrick was moved by the overwhelming response to this movement.

“It’s galvanized us around our great sport and the winning spirit around the Negro Leagues,” said Kendrick, “and what more can you ask for?”

“For baseball, the Negro Leagues to bring people together in this fashion at a time when we really need it, it is something I really take pride in.”

Now enjoy the videos of all these stand-out responses to the #TipYourCap2020 campaign:


To learn more about the history of the Negro Leagues, read this, or visit the museum!

To find out how to #TipYourCap, visit


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