Friday, August 23, 2013

Others who broke barriers in MLB History

This Saturday is the annual Civil Rights game in MLB.   In honor of this game, I will list some of the people who broke barriers in MLB history.
First I will list the first black player for each baseball team in the pre-expansion era(pre-1961).  Also note, officially Moses Fleetwood Walker was the first professional black player in 1884 before the banishment of black players.

Boston Red Sox:         Pumpsie Green 7-21-59
Chicago White Sox:    Minnie Minoso  5-1-51
Cleveland Indians:       Larry Doby       7-5-47
Detroit Tigers:             Ozzie Virgil       6-6-58
Kansas City Athletics: Bob Trice          9-13-53
New York Yankees:    Elston Howard  4-14-55
St. Louis Browns:       Hank Thompson 7-17-47
Washington Senators:  Carlos Paula     9-6-54

Brooklyn Dodgers:      Jackie Robinson  4-15-47
Boston Braves:            Sam Jethroe        4-18-50
Chicago Cubs:             Ernie Banks        9-17-53
Cincinnati Reds:           Chuck Harmon
                                   Nino Escalera      4-17-54
New York Giants:        Monte Irvin
                                   Hank Thompson 7-8-49
Philadelphia Phillies:     John Kennedy    4-22-57
Pittsburgh Pirates:       Curt Roberts       4-13-54
St. Louis Cardinals:    Tom  Alston         4-13-54

1st black coach:  Buck O'Neil (Chicago Cubs) 5-29-62
1st black umpire:  Emmett Ashford 4-11-66
1st black manager:  Frank Robinson (Cleveland Indians) 4-8-75
1st black general manager:  Bill Lucas (Atlanta Braves) 1977

1st Japanese player: Masanori Murakami (San Francisco Giants) 9-1-64
1st Black Latino: Minnie Minoso (Cleveland Indians) 4-19-49
1st Latin American:  Esteban Bellan(from Cuba)  1871
1st Dominican player: Ozzie Virgil (New York Giants) 9-23-56
1st Cuban Defector:  Barbaro Garbey (Detroit Tigers) 4-3-84
1st Venezuelan:  Alex Carrasquel (Washington Senators) 4-23-39
1st Puerto Rican: Hiram Bithorn (Chicago Cubs) 4-15-42
1st Mexican: Mel Almada (Boston Red Sox) 9-1-33

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