Elijah “Pumpsie” Green, the first black player in Boston Red Sox history, passed away Wednesday at the age of 85.
Green broke the organization’s color barrier in 1959, making the team the final pre-expansion club to integrate a minority player. famously became the first black player to play in the major leagues, doing so in 1947 with the Brooklyn Dodgers.
The Red Sox, under former owner Tom Yawkey, were since he continued to field all-white teams in the years after Robinson’s — and others’ — emergence in baseball.
Green rectified that on , when he made his major league debut after being invited to spring training earlier that year.
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