‘MLB The Show 23’ adds Negro League legends including Buck O’Neil, Rube Foster, Satchel Paige

For the first time, Negro League players are coming to MLB The Show.

Sony announced on Monday that eight Negro league legends will be included in a new game mode called Storylines, which “will introduce new generations of baseball fans to these historical figures and their stories of victory over adversity.”

Here’s the new trailer:

The eight Negro League players available in the story mode will be Buck O’Neal, Hank Thompson, Hilton Smith, Jackie Robinson, John Donaldson, Satchel Page, Rub Foster, and Martin Dihigo. Gamers will be able to choose one of these players and go on a narrative journey through his life, including short informational videos. At the end, players can play as one of the Negro League legends at the most important moments of their career. These players will also be available in other game modes.

According to the official PlayStation blog, Sony has been wanting to include Negro League players on “MLB The Show” for several years.

“Negro leagues are an important part of baseball and American history, whose iconic figures are nowhere near as famous as other baseball players of the era,” Ramon Russell, PR specialist and Sony brand strategist, said in a PlayStation Blog. “We’ve been thinking about bringing Negro leagues into MLB The Show for years, but we needed to figure out how to get it right for the interactive environment.”

The inclusion of these players and their Negro League team was made possible through a partnership between Sony, the Museum of Negro League Baseball, and NLBM President Bob Kendrick, who voiced player information videos.

MLB The Show 23 will air on March 28th.

Buck O'Neal waves to fans during the opening of the Kansas City Royals' home in this April 3, 2006 file photo.  O'Neill died on October 6, 2006 at the age of 94.  He was a star in the Negro Leagues, a predominantly black American professional baseball league starting in the early 1900s, and was the first black major league coach.  REUTERS/Dave Kaup/Files (UNITED STATES)
Buck O’Neal, a Negro league legend and one of baseball’s great statesmen, is one of eight Negro league stars to be included in the new ‘MLB The Show 23’ game mode. (REUTERS/Dave Kaup/Files)


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