On this day: May 2

POSTED: 01:30 PM PDT May 01, 2013    UPDATED: 11:00 PM PDT May 01, 2016 

Leonardo da Vinci dies, Lou Gehrig sits out a game for the first time in 14 years, the Soviets capture Berlin, and a version of "The Scream" sells for a record amount at auction, all on this day.

OTD May 2 - Negro National League
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1920: The first baseball game of the Negro National League is played in Indianapolis. The new league was the first black baseball circuit to achieve stability and last more than one season. The league, which at first operated mainly in Midwestern cities, fell apart in 1931 during the Great Depression. A second Negro National League began play in 1933 and lasted until 1948, the year after Major League Baseball integrated. At that point its surviving teams merged into the Negro American League, which had begun playing in 1937.


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