July 21st in African American History – Elijah Jerry “Pumpsie” Green

Elijah Jerry “Pumpsie” GreenJuly 21, 1959 Elijah Jerry “Pumpsie” Green entered the baseball game as a pinch-runner for the Boston Red Sox, making him the first Black player for the last major league baseball team to integrate.

On April 17, 2009, Green was honored by the Red Sox in a first-pitch ceremony, in recognition of 50 years since his breaking of the Red Sox color barrier.

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