Mikal Hill is a rare site in the Qcity: He’s a black high school baseball player.

Nationally, African American youth have all but abandoned the sport that produced names such as Mays, Aaron, Page and Gibson.

Observer sports writer Langston Wertz talked with some young, black athletes around town. Many said the game simply lacks that “cool” factor.

“You’re just standing out there in the outfield or infield,” said one. “Football was more interesting. You were tackling or hitting. So was basketball, where you’re running up and down the court shooting hoops.”

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