Major League Baseball's record books are set to be rewritten as the sport formally incorporates statistics from the racially segregated Negro Leagues of 1920-1948 into its official history, reports said on Tuesday.

USA Today reported that MLB, which elevated the Negro Leagues to "Major League" status in 2020, is to announce the adoption of the African American baseball league's records in an official announcement on Wednesday.

Black players unable to compete in MLB due to racism and segregation laws competed professionally in the Negro Leagues around the United States until Jackie Robinson broke baseball's color barrier when he debuted for the Brooklyn Dodgers on April 15, 1947.