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Only the Ball Was WhiteA History of Legendary Black Players and All-Black Professional Teams$
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Robert Peterson

Print publication date: 1992

Print ISBN-13: 9780195076370

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195076370.001.0001

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Jim Crow Scores on the Squeeze Play

Jim Crow Scores on the Squeeze Play

(p.40) 4 Jim Crow Scores on the Squeeze Play
Only the Ball Was White

Robert Peterson

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Three negroes entered the International League, however, that doesn't mean they were treated any differently than any other negroes. Discrimination existed even between the players ranging from wrong directions relayed up to pitchers angling for Grant's head instead of the bat. Due to this, the first ever baseball shinguards were invented by Grant and even the invention of feet-first slide was credited to him as they were practiced by some players with the express purpose of aiming for the shinguards of the black players. The chapter also discusses the trial and acquittal of Fleet Walker from a charge of second-degree murder. The chapter ends with the optimism of the coming of a new century for the Negro Baseball League.

Keywords:   International League, negroes, discrimination, baseball shinguards, feet-first slide, Fleet Walker, trial, Negro Baseball League

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