July 23rd, 2012
12:00 PM ET

Little League team relives Negro League history on road trip

by Sarah Hoye, CNN

Washington (CNN) - Myles Eaddy stands mystified at the edge of the baseball field along the first base line at Nationals Park while the New York Mets warm up for their evening game against the Nationals.

His head traces the ball into the outfield with each crack of a bat.

Nationals Park is one of several Major League Baseball parks that he has visited this summer with his Little League team, the Anderson Monarchs. As a tribute to Jackie Robinson and the Negro Leagues, the inner city team traveled back in time aboard a vintage 1947 Flxible Clipper touring bus, once used by the Newark Eagles, for the ultimate road trip.

Rare photos of Jackie Robinson, 65 years after his major league debut

The three-week, 4,000-mile journey gave the team from South Philadelphia a glimpse at what Robinson and other players went through during the barnstorming days of the Negro Leagues.

"I'll never forget this," said 10-year-old Eaddy. "It's hard to explain. It's really fun. I get to do all this stuff, meet all these people. It's a once in a lifetime opportunity."

Along the cross-country trip, the Monarchs played games against local youth teams, met surviving players from the Negro Leagues and visited historic sites such as Robinson's grave site in Brooklyn, the Field of Dreams in Iowa and the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum in Kansas City, Missouri.

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  1. Hamsta

    Finally cnn stops the p.c. madness by not using the term african-american. There is no such thing as african-american. You can be african or you can be amerocan, but you can't be both and if you could putting africa first is very insulting to americans. That's the problem with this p.c. crap, you are so worried about insulting the subject group that you insult everyone else.

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