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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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The Ninth Inning

The Ninth Inning

(p.194) 15 The Ninth Inning
Only the Ball Was White

Robert Peterson

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The color line was effectively breached the day Jackie Robinson stepped to the plate at Jersey City's Roosevelt Stadium in the first inning of the Little Giants versus Montreal Royals game in April of 1946. It was a fortuitous game as the Royals won 14–1. Robinson's fiery temperament was effectively on hold and he was advised by Rickey to fight back only with his bat, glove, and flying feet and this he did splendidly, topping almost every hitting average, runs scored, and bases stolen. He was joined as a pioneer by John Wright however; Wright could not stand the pressure and thus succumbed to it. As expected, the move was widely met with disapproval by the major league clubs and some even threatened to ban playing with the Royals.

Keywords:   Roosevelt Stadium, Little Giants, Jersey City, Montreal Royals, Jackie Robinson, John Wright

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