On behalf of Major League Baseball and our 30 Clubs, I thank you for your interest in the 2020 MLB Diversity Fellowship Program. This initiative is one of our most significant efforts to recruit the most talented array of diverse individuals who are interested in pursuing a long-term career in baseball. This opportunity will be beneficial to young men and women throughout the United States and beyond who are considering paths within our game.
As an organization, we believe that diversity of our workforce, which includes difference perspectives and creative thought, leads to a stronger and more effective operation. Additionally, the National Pastime's history of trailblazing leadership inspires us to ensure that every opportunity for employment is afforded to those who wish to work within our game.
As one of the leading professional sports brands in the world, we are constantly striving for our front offices to reflect baseball's global fan base. We must be determined and competitive to develop our next generation of leaders. By applying today, you are helping us honor the legacies of our game's past and present diverse baseball officials.
We are proud of the successful launch of our first Diversity Fellowship Program, which saw 22 candidates placed throughout our league and has led to several full-time positions in a variety of baseball operations roles.
I wish you the very best as you enter the application process of MLB's Diversity Fellowship Program. We appreciate your participation in this phase and look forward to your progress.
-- Rob Manfred, Commissioner
April 1947: Jackie Robinson takes first base for the Brooklyn Dodgers at Ebbets Field, thus breaking Baseball's color barrier.
July 1947: Larry Doby makes his debut for the Cleveland Indians, thus breaking the American League's color barrier.
1935-1946: Effa Manley co-owned the Newark Eagles baseball franchise (Negro League) with her husband and was the sole owner through 1948.
1953: Toni Stone becomes makes her debut on the Indianapolis Clowns, becoming the first woman to play in the Negro League. Hank Aaron played her position (2B) a year earlier.
April 1975: Frank Robinson debuts for the Cleveland Indians as the first African-American manager in Baseball history.
Sept.1976: Bill Lucas, Atlanta Braves VP of Player Personnel, assumes GM duties, thus becoming the first African-American General Manager in Baseball history.
1989: Former Major Leaguer and Scout John Young starts Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities (RBI) program in Los Angeles. Administration of the national program is assumed by MLB in 1991.
1990: Elaine Weddington-Steward becomes the first woman to be named Assistant General Manager in Baseball history when she is given the role by the Boston Red Sox.
1995: Kim Ng becomes the youngest person, and the first woman, to present a salary arbitration case in the Major Leagues as a member of the White Sox front office.
1998: The Diverse Business Partners program was created to be an economically-driven business initiative designed to cultivate new and existing partnerships with minority-, women-, LGBTQ- and veteran-owned businesses.
2002: Omar Minaya becomes the first Hispanic General Manager in Baseball history when he is named to the role by the Montreal Expos.
2006: The first MLB Youth Academy opens in Compton, California.