These Men Changed Baseball: A Recap

On February 1st, we in the United States begin Black History Month. In honor of the occasion, I would like to remember one of the many contributions that African Americans have made to major league baseball by recapping the series on the players who integrated the major leagues from 1947-1959.

First, the list.

Jackie Robinson

Larry Doby

Hank Thompson

Monte Irvin

Sam Jethroe

Minnie Minoso

Bob Trice

Ernie Banks

Their are more to come. Only one great player is still to come, Elston Howard, but a number of fascinating players are still to come. Look forward to a post coming soon on Curt Roberts, the second baseman who integrated the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1954. Until then, celebrate this under-reported moment in black history by remembering the men who fundamentally changed America’s pastime.

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