The 'Civil Rights game' needs more African American players

The Rangers and White Sox played in the "civil rights game", a great idea to remember the unique role of major league baseball in the civil rights movement. The game had a little bit of everything, from a great tag at the plate to nice pitching.  It also had some great pre-game interviews with legendary players like Frank Robinson and Hank Aaron. The game had everything except African American players.   Only one African American appeared in the game.  He was Donnie Veal of Chicago who made a relief appearance.  This is really sad, especially because of the connection between baseball and civil rights. The numbers speak for themselves: "Major League Baseball revealed some interesting data in its Player Diversity Report, released Nov. 13. Big-league 40-man rosters were 62 percent Caucasian, 28 percent Hispanic, 8 percent African-American, and 1 percent Asian.   According to MLB records, the percentage of players...(Read Full Post)

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