The Negro Baseball Leagues
African-Americans are one group of people who helped develop America's national pastime into the exciting, skilled game that attracts worldwide attention. The Negro Baseball Leagues home page on the World Wide Web celebrates this history and the achievements of black baseball with enough downloadable goodies to keep any sports enthusiast wanting more. Hit a line drive out to www.blackbaseball.com and you'll have the chance to meet the stars, view photos, read profiles and hear sound clips of the best Negro League players. You'll find out that some of the best players of all time played their greatest years on Negro League teams. Are you ready to play some ball? Then bring your bat and glove with you, and don't forget the peanuts! (Disclaimer: This site now contains advertisements.)
Go Climb a Mountain!
Ever wonder what it's like to climb the snowy Alps or to hang from a cliff? Hike over to the Mountain Gallery at www.cs.berkeley.edu and go on an adventure with a real mountaineering enthusiast. These aren't your ordinary vacation snapshots. This site offers an amazing "phototrek" all around the globe, from the highest snowy peaks to the most unusual climbing spots in the United States (How did they get inside that frozen waterfall, anyway?). So pack up your cybergear and go climb a mountain! (This site is no longer available.)
Panama-Pacific International Exposition
To celebrate the opening of the Panama Canal, San Francisco hosted a fair that brought 25 countries and all of the 48 states to the city in 1915. For your great-grandparents, fairs were the Disneylands of their era. Set your browser to www.sanfranciscomemories.com/ppie/panamapacific.html and discover how they built the hundreds of buildings for the exposition and learn that a new car would have cost you about $390. No need for time travel; just Web travel over to the Exposition site and find out about what was going on just before America joined the Allied forces in World War I.
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1. Name Atlanta's 1938 black baseball team.
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