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Pumpsie Green and Red Sox Racism

Published by on April 16, 2009
Article Source: Bleacher Report - MLB

On April 7, 1959, the Red Sox optioned Elijah "Pumpsie" Green to their Minneapolis Triple-A farm club, explaining that they felt the first Negro to wear a Red Sox uniform needed more seasoning.

Green had done well at the start of spring training, but he tailed off, both at bat and in the field, as spring training drew to a close.

Charges the Red Sox Were Anti-Negro

The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People immediately charged that the Red Sox were following an anti-Negro policy.

The Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination announced that it was going to hold a public hearing on the case to determine if any bias were involved in the Red Sox' baseball decision.

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