Clipping:Colored players kept out of the majors

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Date Wednesday, December 28, 1887

Some of the finest ball players in the country are colored men, Grant, who is to play second base for Buffalo next season, being known as the “Colored Dunlap.” In Malone and Wood, colored, Detroit possess two very able exponents of the National game, and scattered throughout the land are scores of colored ball tossers who would not find the League clubs any too fast company. While the Detroits were South last spring, some of the members of the club while practicing one morning unearthed a colored player named Green, who was a perfect wonder. His throwing, batting, fielding and running were simply marvelous, and it was a long time before Bennett, Richardson, Rowe and others stopped talking about him. The Cuban Giants, of which club Malone, of Detroit, is a member, contains some very fine ball talent, and has proven its prowess by vanquishing the best of League and Association clubs. These men would prove a boon to some of the weak clubs of the League and Association, but if there is one thing the white ball player insists on doing it is drawing the color line very rigidly. And thus distracted manages cannot employ the strong material which would be so welcome. In some of the minor league clubs colored players have been employed and the white members of some clubs have shown commendable toleration. The Sporting Life December 28, 1887, quoting the Detroit Free Press

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Submitted by Richard Hershberger
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