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Crossing the Line: Black Major Leaguers, 1947-1959

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On April 15, 1947, Jackie Robinson opened the season at first base for the Brooklyn Dodgers, going 0 for 3 with a sacrifice and integrating major league baseball. Though stars such as Willie Mays and Hank Aaron quickly made their marks, it was not until 1959 that the Boston Red Sox called up a light-hitting infielder named Pumpsie Green, thus to become the last team to break baseballs color barrier. From 1947 through 1959, over 100 African American players made it to the major leagues. Each of these players is profiled in ...

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