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Four baseball icons share their stories of struggles at Negro Leagues museum event

cbssports.comKANSAS CITY, Mo. — The crowd had gathered at the Gem Theater in Kansas City to watch four of the greatest players in baseball history talk about their careers. But for Andre Dawson, Orlando Cepeda, Tony Oliva and Tim Raines, Saturday night’s Hall of Game ceremony offered both a chance to be honored and to honor others.

“The players who came before us,” Raines said, “they paved the way for us.”

In its third year, the Hall of Game is the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum signature event, celebrating a new quartet of players each time. Each of the four shared words of wisdom about baseball’s past, and about the Negro Leagues mandate of employing top African-American players, at a time when Major League Baseball wouldn’t let them in.

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