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Thu, 04.14.1955

First Black man plays for Yankees

Elston Howard

On this date in 1955, Elston Howard became the first Black man to play for the New York Yankees baseball team.

He played catcher and won the American league MVP award leading the team in batting (.348) in 1961.

Reference:
20th Century Baseball Chronicle
Year-By-Year History of major league Baseball
Copyright 1999, Publications International Ltd.
ISBN 0-7853-4074-2

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