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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Malloy: Out at Home

1887 was a watershed year for both the International League and Organized Baseball, as it marked the origin of the color line. As the season opened, the black player had plenty of reasons to hope that he would be able to ply his trade in an atmosphere of relative tolerance; by the middle of the season, however, he would watch helplessly as the IL drew up a written color ban designed to deprive him of his livelihood; and by the time the league held its offseason meetings, it became obvious that Jim Crow was closing in on a total victory.

Yet before baseball became the victim of its own preju­dice, there was a period of uncertainty and fluidity, however brief, during which it seemed by no means inevitable that men would be denied access to Organized Baseball due solely to skin pigmentation. It was not an interlude of total racial harmony, but a degree of tol­eration obtained that would become unimaginable in just a few short years. This is the story of a handful of black baseball players who, in the span of a single season, playing in a prestigious league, witnessed the abrupt conversion of hope and optimism into defeat and despair. These men, in the most direct and personal manner, would realize that the black American baseball player soon would be ruled “out at home.”

Part 2. Part 3 is out tomorrow.

The District Attorney Posted: August 19, 2014 at 12:33 PM | 1 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: bob higgins, bud fowler, fleet walker, frank grant, george stovey, history, international league, race

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   1. Rennie's Tenet Posted: August 19, 2014 at 04:13 PM (#4774770)
30 year-old SABR article, but one I clearly remember reading the first time around.

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