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Tribute to Pumpsie Green 

When: Sun., Jan. 26, 3 p.m. 2020
In 1947, when Jackie Robinson became the first black baseball player to join the major leagues, some people declared it the official end of racial segregation in professional baseball. Truthfully, it was a long process before all the teams were integrated. The Boston Sox was the final team to integrate in 1959, with the addition of East Bay native Pumpsie Green. The fact that they waited so long, put a lot of pressure on Green, and he dealt with plenty of racist hecklers. Green continued to deal with discrimination and to inspire folks for years. Green, who went to El Cerrito High School, passed away last year at the age of 85. During his life, he told many of his stories to local author Pete Elman, who will be sharing them at the El Cerrito Community Center. Arif Khatib and Nat Bates will also speak about Green.
— Aaron Carnes


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