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This Day in Black History: July, 21, 1959

This Day in Black History: July, 21, 1959

The Boston Red Sox became racially integrated on July, 21, 1959.

Published July 21, 2013

By signing infielder Pumpsie Green, the Boston Red Sox became the last major league baseball team to racially integrate their roster on July, 21, 1959. It was 12 years after Jackie Robinson became the first African-American to play major league baseball.

Oddly enough, in April 1945 the Red Sox held a tryout at Fenway Park for Robinson; however Red Sox management watching from the stands yelled racial slurs at Robinson, who joined the Brooklyn Dodgers two years later.

Green played in Boston for three seasons before he was traded to the New York Mets in 1963.

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(Photo: Boston Red Sox)

Written by LaToya Bowlah

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