This past April 15th, baseball celebrated 66 years since the debut of the first African American to play in Major League Baseball in the modern era, Jackie Robinson. While we honored the importance of this historical event, we began to think of the many Afro Latinos who played in the league, and that is when we stumbled upon what we think has been a forgotten but significant piece of U.S. sports history.
What we found was that 7 out of the 25 first Black (from any ethnicity) players in Major League Baseball by team were Afro Latinos. Amazing isn’t it? Who would have thought that Afro Latinos broke the color barrier in a U.S. sports league? To be honest, we never thought our people were part of such a great historical event in the U.S. but here we are eager to share with our followers this piece of hidden knowledge.
So without further ado, here are the seven baseball players who helped change Major League Baseball as we know it.
Help us showcase more contributions of Latinos to the U.S. by sharing your knowledge with us. Let us take pride together in the certainty that the term aliens does not apply to us.
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