The "Gentleman's Agreement" that banned blacks from professional baseball was a mirror of American society during Reconstruction and beyond. It was a critical turning point in race relations and it placed some of the greatest talents in baseball history in obscurity and extended the world of Jim Crow into the sporting arena. However, this website proves that although they were removed from the mainstream, the organizations and teams that developed into the Negro Leagues would become a source of civic pride, folklore and legend and eventually open an avenue to have this awful stain taken away in 1947 with the arrival of one of the most courageous figures in American sports history. As former Major League Baseball commissioner A. Bartlett Giamatti stated, "We must never lose sight of our history, insofar as it is ugly, never to repeat it, and insofar as it is glorious, to cherish it." What began as an ugly moment, became a glorious triumph.