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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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Freshening Winds of Freedom

Freshening Winds of Freedom

(p.171) 13 Freshening Winds of Freedom
Only the Ball Was White

Robert Peterson

Oxford University Press

This chapter discusses racial discriminations that plagued Negro baseball. Their dreams of joining major leagues were fast dimming and segregation laws were enforced more strongly. The Northerners recognize that something needed to be done regarding the issue of Negroes playing in the major leagues but the issue never got to fruition. The reason the color bar could not be broken was because the Northerners would not recognize that there is one. Newspaper publications had a big hand in letting the issue simmer to the surface. However, by 1944, the New York State Legislature began considering the Ives-Quinn Bill to forbid discrimination in hiring on the basis of race, creed, color, or national origin.

Keywords:   racial discriminations, Negro baseball, Northerners, color bar, New York State Legislature, Ives-Quinn Bill

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