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Black players in modern baseball

by Pete Abraham -

Had Kevin Thompson’s family not moved from Fort Worth, Texas, to the suburb of Benbrook when he was 11, he’s convinced he would not be in the major leagues today.

“I played football and basketball when we lived in the city. It wasn’t until I started hanging around with the Caucasian kids that I started to play baseball,” said Thompson, an outfielder with the Yankees. “That’s just how it is.”

But is that how it has to be? As baseball celebrates the 60th anniversary of Jackie Robinson breaking the color line today, the game should be looking forward instead of behind.

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