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Incredibly Racist 1945 Document

Incredibly Racist 1945 Document "The Negro in Baseball" by Larry MacPhail

This is an original four-page document sent out in 1945 in postmarked envelope by the American League to the few interested. The unsigned document tells us that it is "unfortunate that groups of social minded drum beaters are conducting pressure campaigns in an attempt to force major league clubs to sign Negro players... They know nothing and don't care about baseball (harsh words)." States that, "They are doing it for publicity" and they "charge that organized baseball is flying a Jim Crow flag" and "the problem is non-existent... North of the Mason-Dixon line (Civil War and slavery mindset). The reason there are no "Negros" in baseball is that : 1) We make a lot of money off the "Negro Leagues" 2) Negro players have contracts (slavery) 3) "Few, if any Negro players qualify" because they lack "technique, the coordination, competitive aptitudes and discipline." 4&5) K.C. Monarchs drew 315,000 and would destroy the clubs (yes, it did, good). In conclusion, Yankees have no intention of signing Negro Players. Unfortunately, he was Club President and held the view of many. Comes with other 1940s civil rights correspondence from righteous African-American former elevator operator, including letter from Wendell Willkie.(35 pieces)

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