Before Brooklyn: the secret heroes who helped break baseball’s color barrier

Jackie Robinson is rightfully lauded for his role in the desegregation of baseball. But many others, from writers to train porters, helped the process Members of the Homestead Grays were recommended to the Pittsburgh Pirates but the club did not respond. Photograph: Library of Congress Decades after the installation of a color barrier in professional baseball, one of the nation’s top Black athletes – Jackie Robinson – stood on a Major League field for a tryout. Infield practice, batting practice
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