Strat-O-Matic, Negro Leagues Baseball Museum To Launch NFTs Honoring All-Time Greats In Partnership With Fanaply
The Negro League Baseball Museum (NLBM) is entering the Fanaply NFT world together with Stat-O-Matic after announcing today a February 2023 release. The inaugural digital collectibles in the form of non-fungible tokens (NFTs) will honor several Hall of Fame Negro Leagues players.
First though, Strat-O-Matic and the NLBM have issued a free NFT designed as a stylized NLBM logo for fans to download right now at Fanaply’s website: https://fanaply.com/moment/negroleaguesbaseballmuseumnft. This business collaboration between @NLBMuseumKC and @StratOMatic, the market leader in sports simulation, to promote the former’s rich history of baseball, is powered by proprietary technology developed by @fanaply, the eco-conscious NFT solution provider for the world’s biggest names in sports, music, and entertainment. It is worth noting that after all the struggles of colored ballplayers since the 1860s to modern times, the 2022 World Series does not have a single Black player on the Astros or Phillies roster marking another black mark in MLB history. The Sports Techie community blog gives our virtual salute to Strat-O-Matic and Fanaply for teaming up with the NLBM to immortalize Black baseball history in the form of NFTs at a time when a number of K-12 schools in certain states like Texas are being forced to legally limit the teaching of subjects like the brutal times of United States slavery and kidnapping of African Blacks to our children as a means of keeping kids from feeling discomfort. Teaching and understanding factual history, whether that be the American slave trade, Nazi concentration camps and the systematic murder of 6 million people of Jewish faith, U.S. President Joe Biden’s record breaking 2020 Presential election victory accomplished without any actual evidence of massive voter fraud, or MLB’s near century-long racial discriminatory policies, are all crucial to ensuring America does not repeat the ugly past again, now and into the future. Both the NLBM and the families of the depicted players will receive a portion of the profits from the offering, which may also include a collection of traditional limited edition printed cards.
“The Negro Leagues had a profound impact on the advancement of American civil rights and culture.” said Adam Richman, www.strat-o-matic.com C.E.O. “These NFTs will preserve this legacy and celebrate these players, who need to have their stories and contributions to history preserved for future generations.”
Negro Leagues NFTs
“The Negro Leagues Baseball Museum is proud to continue its amazing partnership with Strat-O-Matic, which has long been a supporter of the museum and Negro Leagues history,” said Bob Kendrick, NLBM President. “The NFT offerings are a creative new way to help fans and collectors celebrate the greatness of these legendary players while supporting our mission.”
Each NFT will feature a short audio commentary on each player’s legacy, contribution to baseball and their lasting impact. A photo montage of many never-before-seen images related to each player will accompany the voiceover.
“Collecting and trading baseball cards has been part of the storied history of America’s pastime. We are thrilled to partner with Strat-O-Matic and the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum to bring their dedicated fan bases an innovative and exciting new way to commemorate the trailblazers of the past,” said Danielle Maged, Fanaply’s Chief Commercial Officer.
Fanaply is also creating an exclusive, NFT-powered at-bat simulation using Strat-O-Matic’s proprietary statistical game engine. This will allow NFT owners to simulate at-bats of each player against figures from throughout baseball history. Players to be included in the initial set will be announced at a later date.
Black Baseball Pioneers
The Negro National League and Nego American League were founded because Major League Baseball owners had early Jim Crow laws and segregation wants to freeze out Black players followed by unwritten rules and “gentlemen agreements” to continue blackballing African-American ballplayers from playing in their white-only league.
In 1911, the Chicago American Giants started up and played at the White Sox old stadium, South Side Park, led by Andrew “Rube” Foster who developed an aggressive, more athletic kind of baseball style yet White booking agents controlled the ballpark ticket proceeds.
Thus on Feb. 13, 1920, Rube and other Black owners formed the Negro National League with teams in Chicago, Cincinnati, Dayton, Detroit, Indianapolis, Kansas City and St. Louis. Black legends such Moses Fleetwood Walker, Frank Garrett and Bud Fowler inspired Future Hall of Famers Cool Papa Bell, Satchel Paige, Bill Foster, Martin Dihigo, Judy Johnson, and Turkey Stearnes. The Negro League World Series versus featured the NLL against rival leagues made up of the Southern Negro League and Eastern Colored League and was playing before both colored and white audiences. The startup sports league was ended after the financial hardships of Great Depression.
In 1937, the Negro American League rose up and eventually led to Kansas City Monarchs’ superstar and cultural icon number 42, Jackie Robinson, to finally break the color barrier in 1947 with the Dodgers. The NAL is given credit for using tech to play night games well before MLB adopted the practice.
The Negro Leagues Baseball Museum (www.nlbm.com), is the world’s only museum dedicated solely to preserving this incredible history. They are a privately funded, not-for-profit organization that needs your support. Becoming a member keeps this powerful story alive so that future generations can discover the greatness of the Negro Leagues.
Fanaply Solutions offers brands NFT infrastructure that goes beyond the basics of minting and distribution, allowing them to thrive in this new web3 world. Since its founding in 2018, the company has created and issued NFTs for some of the top musicians, record labels, festivals, events, athletes, comedians, sports teams, celebrities and brands in the world, including American Express, Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival, New Jersey Devils, Colorado Avalanche, Oklahoma City Thunder, Pac-12 Conference, Misfits Gaming, Death Row Records, Niall Horan, 5 Seconds of Summer, Kentucky Derby, Bubba Wallace, and many more. Fanaply is 100% carbon neutral through its partnership with Offsetra.
NLBM fans can look forward to exciting rewards and experiences tied to participation, including potential opportunities to collect exclusive player NFTs with varying tiers of rarity, various opponents to simulate at-bats against, physical collectibles, and more.
Sports Techie, I’ve often said to my brother, without Blacks, Hispanic players and the occasional Asian star, MLB would be boring to watch. Now I can add after doing the research, it would be as boring to watch and play too since before the Negro Leagues upgraded the game of baseball for good. The ‘whiteness of baseball’ has long been protected and we are back to the point where not a single black player is on the current World Series rosters yet the Latino players on the Astros make up most of their best players by far. All that is call a conundrum.
The International Little League organization does its part to create an inclusive atmosphere yet college baseball as popular as it is across America, is predominately made up of white players and fans. These facts about NCAA D1 baseball demographics represent the hard truth and is what it is.
Football and basketball are simply drawing in more and more young Black athletes to baseball’s demise.
Hats off to Stat-O-Matic and the Negro League Baseball Museum for launching NFTs honoring the all-time greats in partnership with Fanaply.
As the late Black Hall-of-Famer and Cubs shortstop, Ernie Banks, is quoted as saying, “Let’s Play Two!”
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