When Elijah "Pumpsie" Green joined the Red Sox in 1963, they became the last MLB team to break baseball's color line. That's not the end of the story, but you knew that.
May 28, 1916, was not just another workday for Jimmy Claxton: he pitched two major league games, posed for a baseball card, witnessed a riot, and in doing so quietly pushed past organized baseball's de facto color line 30 years before Jackie Robinson.
The new PBS Jackie Robinson documentary premieres on Monday night. We spoke to one of the directors, Sarah Burns, about the film and about being the daughter of legendary documentarian Ken Burns.
When Al Campanis went on "Nightline" 29 years ago and said a bunch of stupid things about why baseball had no black managers, he showed more than his own idiocy.
Monte Irvin nearly broke baseball's color line, and still wound up a Hall of Famer and a legend. But what he really wanted was to be seen as a baseball player.
Jackie Robinson played alongside a pair of former Negro League pitchers in the Brooklyn Dodgers farm system, but the team—and baseball—never really gave them a chance.
Calvin Griffith used to own the Minnesota Twins. He was also quite racist, often in public. On Jackie Robinson Day, the Twins should resolve to remove his statue.
How can a museum in sleepy upstate New York inspire so much noise?
Even if no NBA team picks up Jason Collins for next season, he has a golden career as a public homosexual ahead of him, if he wants it, which shows just how different being gay in 2013 is from being black in 1947—back then, no one was talking about how...