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Tue, 05.29.1962

First Black manages a Major League Baseball team

Buck O'Neil

*On this date in 1962 the first African American coached in major league baseball. John “Buck” O’Neil started managing the Chicago Cubs on this date.

He stayed with the Cubs until 1988, signing Hall of Fame players Ernie Banks and Lou Brock to their first contracts.

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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