7/21/59: It was 50 years ago today…

In the eighth inning of a game against the Chicago White Sox, Pumpsie Green was called into the game as a pinch runner for the Boston Red Sox, thus becoming the first African American to play for the Red Sox.


The Boston team was the last Major League Baseball franchise to integrate – 12 years after Jackie Robinson first broke the color barrier.

Read Pumpsie Green’s first-person account here.

  1. HojoHiFive says

    and 46 years ago he became a New York Met.

  2. Von says

    And a former Buffalo Bison of the International League ! Always one of my childhood baseball favs !

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