Conspiracy of Silence
Sportswriters and the Long Campaign to Desegregate Baseball
Publication Year: 2012
Published by: University of Nebraska Press
I am indebted to the late Jules Tygiel, whose book Baseball’s Great Experiment gave me an appreciation for the human drama and historical importance of the story of the desegregation of baseball. Professor Tygiel’s writing took many...
Chapter 1: White Sportswriters and Minstrel Shows
On February 5, 1933, the inside of the grand ballroom of New York City’s Commodore Hotel crackled with laughter during an evening of songs, skits, and speeches at the tenth annual New York Baseball Writers’ Association dinner...
Chapter 2: The Color Line Is Drawn
Alfred Henry Spink published the first issue of the Sporting News on March 17, 1886, in an office building at 11 North Eighth Street in St. Louis, Missouri. The entrepreneurial Spink saw the opportunity to capitalize on the growing popularity...
Chapter 3: Invisible Men
When Sam Lacy was two years old in 1905, his family moved from Mystic, Connecticut, to Washington dc. Lacy grew up near Griffith Stadium, home field of the Nationals, who would later change their name to the...
Chapter 4: "Agitators" and "Social-Minded Drum Beaters"
On August 13, 1936, the Daily Worker announced the following: The Crime of the Big Leagues! The newspapers have carefully hushed it up! One of the most sordid stories in American...
Chapter 5: "L'Affaire Jake Powell"
During a pregame interview at Comiskey Park in Chicago on July 29, 1938, WGN radio announcer Bob Elson asked New York Yankees outfielder Jake Powell what he did during the off-season. Powell said that he was a policeman...
Chapter 6: Major League Managers and Ballplayers Call for End of Color Line
On the morning of Sunday, February 19, 1939, Wendell Smith, the assistant sports editor of the Pittsburgh Courier, sat down with National League president Ford Frick in the lobby of the William Penn Hotel in Pittsburgh. If there was indeed a formal policy...
Chapter 7: The Double V Campaign
On August 23, 1939, Germany and the Soviet Union signed a nonaggression pact that said the countries would not attack one another. This allowed German chancellor Adolf Hitler to attack Poland without interference from its neighbor...
Chapter 8: "The Great White Father" Speaks
On June 22, 1942, Conrad Komorowski of the Daily Worker interviewed Kenesaw Mountain Landis for an hour and a half in the commissioner’s office at 333 North Michigan Avenue in Chicago. Komorowski said he began the interview by asking...
Chapter 9: Black Editors Make Their Case for Desegregation
On December 1 Commissioner Kenesaw Mountain Landis and the rest of the baseball establishment met at the Palmer House in Chicago for Major League Baseball’s annual meetings where league and team executives discussed...
Chapter 10: "Get Those Niggers Off the Field"
Shortly after Joe Bostic left his home in Harlem at 7:30 a.m. on April 6, he discovered he had a flat tire. He had the tire patched, filled the car with gas, and called Terris McDuffie and Dave “Showboat” Thomas to let them know he was running...
Chapter 11: Robinson Becomes the Chosen One
In the early afternoon of Tuesday, October 23, 1945, Hector Racine, president of the Montreal Royals, the Brooklyn Dodgers AAA team, told reporters he had a big announcement to make at 5:00 p.m. at the team’s offices at Delormier...
Chapter 12: "I Never Want to Take Another Trip Like This One"
Before sportswriters left en masse for spring training, the New York chapter of the Baseball Writers’ Association held its twenty-third annual meeting at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel on February 3. The all-white crowd included twelve hundred journalists...
Page Count: 408
Publication Year: 2012
OCLC Number: 792742315
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