Black College World Series hopes to spur MLB careers for HBCU players

Michael Coker, executive director of the Black College World Series, poses May 11, 2023, in Montgomery, Ala. Coker, a former baseball player at Edward Waters College, started the Black College World Series in 2021. (AP Photo/John Zenor)

Wiley College plays Rust College during an NCAA college baseball game at the Black College World Series Thursday, May 11, 2023 in Montgomery, Alabama. The Black College World Series is giving dozens of HBCU players from NAIA and Division II schools a chance to compete for a title beyond their own leagues and perhaps attract attention from Major League Baseball teams. (AP Photo/John Zenor)

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The spectators were mostly Black kids, ranging from elementary school to high school. The teams — all from historically Black colleges and universities — had names that won’t resonate with the average baseball fan.