1950s in the Negro Leagues
The Negro Leagues were fading away by the 1950s. The top players were being snapped up rapidly by Major League Baseball; those too old for the majors were finding better options financially in the Mexican League or minors. The Negro Leagues by this point were primarily an early development system for prospects. Quality of play was low, teams were folding rapidly and many resorted to showmanship and clowning to draw fans. The East-West Game remained, but was a shadow of its former self.