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Baseball color line


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Larry Doby - #2 to break the color line in Baseball - 1946


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Jackie Robinson, Breaking the Color Barrier


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The Color Line, also known as the Color Barrier, in American baseball excluded players of Black African descent from Major League Baseball and its affiliated Minor Leagues until 1947. Racial segregation in professional baseball was sometimes called a gentlemen's agreement, meaning a tacit understanding, as there was no written policy at the highest level of organized baseball, the major leagues. But a high minor league's vote in 1887 against allowing new contracts with black players within its league sent a powerful signal that eventually led to the disappearance of blacks from the sport's other minor leagues later that century, including the low minors.
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    • Origins 

    • Covert efforts at integration 

    • MLB influencers 

    • Jackie Robinson and Larry Doby 

    • Resistance by the Boston Red Sox 

    • Professional baseball firsts