The first Colored World Series in 1924 between the Negro National League champion Kansas City Monarchs and the Eastern Colored League champion Hilldale. The Monarchs defeated Hilldale 5 games to 4. Five members of the Baseball Hall of Fame participated in the series
February 2, 1876: Major League Baseball Debuts as National League is Formed - http://www.historyandheadlines.com/february-2-1876-major-league-baseball-debuts-national-league-formed/
Johnny Bench is a former professional baseball catcher who played in the Major Leagues for the Cincinnati Reds from 1967 to 1983 and is a member of the National Baseball Hall of Fame. Bench, a 14-time All-Star selection and a two-time National League Most Valuable Player, was a key member of The Big Red Machine, which won six division titles, four National League pennants, and two World Series championships. ESPN has called him the greatest catcher in baseball history.