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Mon, 04.11.1966

Major League Baseball Hires Its First Black Umpire

Emmitt Ashford

On this date in 1966, Emmett Ashford became the first Black umpire in major league baseball (MLB).

The American league hired him. Ashford was excellent at his craft. He was known for his spirited, umpiring, resonant voice and professionalism.



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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