Honor Satchel Paige and remember his exclusion
Whiting, N.J.: I’m a Yankees fan since 1978, but I was deeply offended at the deceitful way they marketed their “Satchel Paige Bobblehead Night” event on Thursday, May 11, at the stadium. Paige was pictured wearing a Yankees uniform as if he were a member of our team at one time. He was a member of the New York Black Yankees, a Negro Leagues team, for only one year in 1941. Jackie Robinson didn’t break Major League Baseball’s color barrier until 1947 and the Yanks could have elevated Paige to the big leagues then, but we didn’t and the Cleveland Indians grabbed him in 1948.
The Yankees, astonishingly, did not integrate until 1955. It’s shameful that the Yanks waited eight years to integrate and also shameful that this…
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