Author Talk – Ted Reinstein

In April of 1945, exactly two years before Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier in major league baseball, Boston City Councilman Izzy Muchnick persuaded the Red Sox to try out three black players in return for a favorable vote to allow the team to play on Sundays. The Red Sox got the councilman’s much-needed vote but the tryout was a sham; the three players would get no closer to the major leagues. It was a lost battle in a war that was ultimately won by Robinson in 1947.

 

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