Rube Foster incorporated the Negro National League in Illinois, Maryland, Michigan, New York, Ohio and Pennsylvania before the meeting in Kansas City, MO that took place on February 13, 1920. Each team paid a franchise fee of two hundred dollars.
On February 13, 1920, Andrew “Rube” Foster arranged a meeting with Negro baseball team owners at the Paseo YMCA in Kansas City, Missouri, to establish the Negro National League an organized professional integrated baseball league in the U.S.
Andrew “Rube” Foster owner of the Chicago American Giants was elected as the President of the Negro National League.
Other organized Leagues would follow inspired by Rube:
March 2, 1920 Negro Southern League
December 12, 1922 Eastern Colored League
October 10, 1936 Negro American League
The Negro Leagues were still engaged in baseball up to 1960 most of the team’s best players were playing in the MLB or signed to minor leagues in the early ’50s.