Black L.A. 1947: Dodgers Organization Signs 3 More Negro League Stars

Feb. 6, 1947, White Coach Fired Over Bias

Feb. 6, 1947: Brooklyn Dodgers President Branch Rickey Sr. signs three more stars of the Negro baseball league: Monty (Monte) Irvin and Larry Doby of the Newark Eagles and Bus Clarkson, formerly of the Philadelphia Stars who most recently played in a Mexican league, the Associated Negro Press reported.

With the latest additions, the Dodgers now have eight players from the Negro league, including Jackie Robinson of the Kansas City Monarchs, who was sent to the Montreal Royals; Roy Campanella of the Baltimore Elite Giants; Don Newcome of the Newark Eagles, the ANP said.

Above, Pepperell (Mass.) High School officials asked the women’s athletic coach to resign after she walked off the basketball court during a game between Pepperell and Ayer High because of two African American players on the Ayer women’s team.


Feb. 6, 1947, L.A. Sentinel

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