Sunday, April 14, 2013

Elston Howard

On this date in 1955, Elston Howard becomes the first black player in Yankees history hitting a single in an 8-4 loss to the Red Sox.

"If Weiss (Yankees GM) had to have a Negro on the Yankees, he would have one. But only one, and he wasn't going to be an aggressive, crusading, loud-mouthed Negro like Jackie Robinson or Vic Power. He would be a Negro who would accept the conditions under which he had to play and not make trouble or headlines. He would live in segregated headquarters during spring training and in southern cities and accept it, and he would be grateful just for the opportunity to play on the Yankees." - Author Peter Golenbock (Dynasty: The New York Yankees, 1949-1964)


Susan Lulgjuraj said...

One of my fave Yanks

Contrary Guy said...

Definitely one of the most underrated.