Black Baseball in Detroit|
by Larry Lester, Sammy J. Miller and Dick Clark
Arcadia Publishing, 2000 | Buy the book
HAPPY CHANDLER | Major League Baseball Commissioner A.B. "Happy" Chandler, former governor of Kentucky, waves to the fans at Briggs Stadium in 1951. Although every other major league team was against the Brooklyn Dodgers and Branch Rickey's decision to sign Jackie Robinson, Chandler approved the plan. Due to the fact that he had been raised in the South, many though Chandler would keep the majors' color barrier in place. Instead his view was "I don't believe in barring Negroes from baseball just because they are Negroes."
|» NEXT: Rasberry and Tatum|
From Black Baseball in Detroit by Larry Lester, Sammy J. Miller, and Dick Clark.
Copyright © 2000 by Larry Lester, Sammy J. Miller, and Dick Clark. Excerpted with permission.