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Author: Brooks Melchior

VICTIMS OF NFL COLOR LINE WERE NUMEROUS, UNFORGETTABLE

The desegregation of Major League Baseball by Jackie Robinson in 1947 is one of the most prominent events in the popular historical narrative of the United States.

And in the 75 years that the story of the erasure of baseball’s color line has been told, some of the great Negro League players who never got a chance to play Major League Baseball – and without whom the desegregation of the game would have not taken place – have been recognized in varying ways including induction into the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y., and permanent veneration at the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum in Kansas City.

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JACKIE ROBINSON WAS FOOTBALL HERO BEFORE BASEBALL STAR

Eight years before he became the first Black person in the United States to play Major League Baseball in the 20th century, Jackie Robinson was already one of the most famous Black Americans in the United States.

Because in 1939, Robinson, Kenny Washington, Woody Strode and Ray Bartlett were the reason that the UCLA football squad that year became the first team in the white-dominated world of commercial spectator sports in America to be led by multiple Black players.

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SHOOTING THE 3: FRED SEGAL OF TWITTER’S FREEZING COLD TAKES

If you’re reading this, odds are you enjoy talking and, perhaps, writing about sports. And if you write and/or talk about sports, you know that to do so without making an occasional bold prediction is almost physically impossible. Enter Fred Segal, an attorney from South Florida, who has created a widely-followed Twitter account based on the aforementioned, nearly irresistible predilection. Segal, who graduated from the University of Florida in 2003 and Nova Southeastern University Law School in 2007, began memorializing particularly unfortunate sports predications by mostly …

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