Major League Baseball formally adopted statistics from the racially segregated Negro Leagues into its official history on Wednesday, rewriting the record books in a landmark move which confronts the sport's racist past.

MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred said the decision gave long-overdue recognition to the achievement of Black players who deserve to be ranked alongside baseball's most iconic names.

"We are proud that the official historical record now includes the players of the Negro Leagues," Manfred said. "This initiative is focused on ensuring that future generations of fans have access to the statistics and milestones of all those who made the Negro Leagues possible."