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Baseball's Color Line (clickable)
Can you pick the correct answers to these questions about baseball's color barrier in honor of the opening of '42'?
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The color line began with a vote in 1867 by this organization to ban any team with a black player:
The line thickened in 1884 when the Toledo Blue Stockings of this league...
...signed an African-American catcher from Mount Pleasant, Ohio named:
But the Chicago White Stockings wouldn't play Toledo, because of the refusal of their star first baseman:
In 1887 this league- still in operation- was the second to ban African-American players:
That same year, members of this team, now named for a bird, refused to play against the NY Cuban Giants:
Leading this newspaper to say, 'For the first time in the history of baseball, the color line has been drawn':
This league, the first Negro league, was founded that year as well:
The practice was legitimized by a Supreme Court decision in a case brought by this Louisiana man:
Native Americans were allowed to play, such as this A's pitcher:
In 1916 the Oakland Oaks passed this Canadian off as a Native American and he played two games for them:
He even had a baseball card issued by this company:
This prominent pitcher founded a Negro league in 1920:
The separation was maintained by this post-WWI baseball Commissioner:
This Negro League star was reportedly able to round the bases in just 12 seconds:
While Babe Ruth was slugging homers for the Yankees, this man is said to have hit 800 home runs in the Negro Leagues:
In 1942 this showman/businessman tried to buy the Phillies with plans to integrate it, but was blocked by the League:
In 1945, this Dodgers GM held try-outs of black ball players with the intention of breaking the color barrier:
He was inspired to do so by his experiences as the coach of this college's baseball team:
This new MLB commissioner, stated that he would not block the bid on the grounds that men of all races had fought together in WWII:
One try-out went to a man who had lettered in baseball, football, basketball and track at this school:
He had hit .387 for the Kansas City Monarchs and his name was:
On April 15, 1947 he made his major league debut for this team:
Some of his own teammates objected but this manager said he didn't care if he had 'stripes like a zebra' and threatened to trade any objecting players:
He was particularly supported by this shortstop teammate who said, 'You can hate a man for many reasons. Color isn't one of them.':
On July 5, 1947, this man broke the AL color line:
This was the last segregated league- it folded in 1961, still barring black players:
This was the last MLB team to integrate, doing so in 1959:
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