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09/30/2015 06:29 pm ET

The Spirit Of The Negro Leagues Lives On In These Small Towns

"The Negro Leagues aren't dead. They're right here."
Gerry Melendez

For the past 75 years -- and maybe even longer, people here say -- folks in these communities have congregated every weekend in a family reunion fashion on forgotten fields. Children parade their innocence, laughing and chasing one another. Adults sit on makeshift benches, some sipping on strong drinks. Cigarette smoke swirls around the scent of fried okra and BBQ ribs in the air. Neighbors of all ages have come together for decades, for fun and food, but most importantly, for baseball.

Here the spirit of Negro Leagues isn't dead.

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