On This Date in Sports: July 21, 1959

pumpsie On This Date in Sports: July 21, 1959

Pumpsie Green tossing a baseball in his Boston Red Sox uniform

Baseball finally sees full integration as Elijah Jerry “Pumpsie” Green makes his debut with the Boston Red Sox. A full 12 years after the debut of Jackie Robinson, the Red Sox were the last team to employ a black player, even turning away Willie Mays who had sought a try out. Green’s first appearance would be as pinch runner, finishing the game at short stop during a 2-1 loss to the Chicago White Sox on the road.

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