The Integration of Major League Baseball: A Team by Team History

The Integration of Major League Baseball: A Team by Team History

by Rick Swaine




This book is a record of the men and events, team by team, during Major League Baseball's integration. It focuses especially on the owners, executives and managers who were the heroes, villains or spectators of integration, and it sheds new light on the unheralded champions of integration and on those whose culpability has so far been overlooked. Individual chapters cover each of baseball's integration-era teams, and a final chapter covers expansion teams of the 1960s. Each team's responsible individuals are examined, its acquisition, deployment and treatment of black players documented, and the effect of its integration actions on team performance analyzed. Appendices provide populations of integration-era Major League cities, first black players by team, first black players in various minor leagues, rosters of black players by team, a timeline of black player milestones, and a list of black All-Star selections through 1969.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780786469352
Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date: 04/25/2012
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 279
Product dimensions: 6.90(w) x 9.90(h) x 0.80(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Society for American Baseball Research member Rick Swaine has been a contributor to The Baseball Research Journal and The National Pastime. Semi-retired from an accounting career, he coaches youth baseball and plays in an adult league for the Tallahassee Classics. He lives in the Tallahassee, Florida, area.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Preface 1

Integration Timeline 3

Introduction: Baseball’s Ignoble History of Segregation 9

1. The Dawn of Baseball’s Integration Era 23

2. The Brooklyn/Los Angeles Dodgers 34

3. The Cleveland Indians 48

4. The St. Louis Browns 62

5. The Baltimore Orioles 71

6. The New York/San Francisco Giants 77

7. The Boston/Milwaukee/Atlanta Braves 89

8. The Chicago White Sox 100

9. The Pittsburgh Pirates 111

10. The Philadelphia/Kansas City/Oakland Athletics 121

11. The Chicago Cubs 130

12. The St. Louis Cardinals 143

13. The Cincinnati Reds 155

14. The Washington Senators/Minnesota Twins 166

15. The New York Yankees 177

16. The Philadelphia Phillies 191

17. The Detroit Tigers 205

18. The Boston Red Sox 217

19. The 1960s Expansion Teams 230

Appendix A: Population of Integration Era Major League Cities 237

Appendix B: First Black Award Winners and League Leaders 238

Appendix C: First Black Players in Various Minor Leagues 239

Appendix D: Roster of Black Players by Team (1947–1959) 240

Appendix E: Black Player All-Star Selections Through 1969 243

Chapter Notes 245

Bibliography 257

Index 261

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