James "Cool Papa" Bell
The Color Barrier

Short Term Effects

Cool Papa Bell played a key role in making sure that African Americans could join the MLB. He pushed through years of hard work, discrimination, threats and inequality so that all people would have the chance to go to the major leagues no matter the race of the player. 

A picture of Cool Papa Bell.

A Picture of Cool Papa Bell on the St. Louis Stars.

Long Term Effects

Cool Papa Bell didn't just help the people in his time. He is still being used as an inspiration to not only African Americans but to people everywhere. If he didn't go through all of those hard times in the 1920's, the integration of baseball would have been much more diffucult and race relations for the whole country would have suffered.