by Larry Lester, Sammy J. Miller and Dick Clark
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After switching to second base in 1953, Gene Baker joined Ernie Banks to form the first black "keystone combination" in major league history. Pictured here on September 14, 1953, Manager Phil Cavaretta (center) gives instruction to outfielder Bob Talbot (far left), Baker, Banks, and Bill Moisan (far right). Baker played with the Cubs until partially into the 1957 season when he was traded to the Pittsburgh Pirates. Banks remained with the Cubs throughout his entire career.
From Black Baseball in Chicago by Larry Lester, Sammy J. Miller, and Dick Clark.
Copyright © 2000 by Larry Lester, Sammy J. Miller, and Dick Clark. Excerpted with permission.