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It takes a father to make a professional baseball player. Analyzing multiple data sets, including original data as well as large public data sets, researchers with the Austin Institute for the Study of Family & Culture demonstrate the connection between having a father in the home during childhood and going on to become a professional baseball player. This connection is an important part of the explanation for the disappearance of African American players from Major League Baseball during the past 35 years. The research shows that family structure may have long-lasting effects on a child’s life prospects—specifically, that fathers have a special part to play in the lives of their children.