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Inner city team honors baseball pioneers

Updated 8:00 PM ET, Fri July 20, 2012
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Along their cross-country journey, Philadelphia's Anderson Monarchs played games against local youth teams, visited historic sites and met surviving Negro League players. Here, Mamie "Peanut" Johnson, right, the only female pitcher in the Negro Leagues, meets her 21st century counterpart, Mo'ne Davis, 11. Sarah Hoye/CNN
Femi Awodesu, left, and Myles Eaddy, right, watch the field during a game against a youth team in suburban Virginia. Sarah Hoye/CNN
Monarchs second baseman Jahli Hendricks stands at the edge of Nationals Park baseball field in Washington. He and his teammates went on a three-week, 4,000-mile journey for a glimpse at what Jackie Robinson and other players went through during the barnstorming days of the Negro Leagues. Sarah Hoye/CNN
Jackie Robinson became the first black player in Major League Baseball when he joined the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1947. Before that, Robinson played on the Negro Leagues Kansas City Monarchs, the team the Anderson Monarchs are named after. Allan Grant, Time & Life Pictures/Getty Images
Here, the 1935 Negro Leagues Pittsburgh Crawfords pose in front of their team bus, similar to the bus the Anderson Monarchs are traveling in across the United States. MLB Photos via Getty Images
The team traveled cross-country aboard a vintage 1947 Flxible Clipper touring bus to honor the pioneers of baseball (1947 marks the year Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier in Major League Baseball). Myles Eaddy said he didn't want the trip to end, even if things got a little sticky on the non-air-conditioned bus. "I would like to stay on the bus every day, that's how much history that bus has," the 10-year-old said. Shawn Wilson/Anderson Monarchs
Here, Washington Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond passes out batting gloves to the team at Nationals Park. It is one of several Major League Baseball parks the inner city Little League team is visiting this summer as a tribute to Jackie Robinson and the Negro Leagues. Sarah Hoye/CNN
Art "Superman" Pennington, who played in the Negro Leagues for the Chicago American Giants, shakes hands with one of the Anderson Monarchs players. Julianne Capron/Anderson Monarchs
The team also met Ray "Boo Boy" Knox who played catcher for the Chicago American Giants. Julianne Capron/Anderson Monarchs
Myles Eaddy, 10, called the trip "a once in a lifetime opportunity." "I'll never forget this," he said. Sarah Hoye/CNN