Red Sox First Black Player Has Died
By Max Cohen 7/18/19
Pumpsie Green died yesterday at a hospital in San Leandro, Oakland. He was 85 years old.
Green was the first black player to step up to the plate for Boston. It was almost 12 years after Jackie Robinson broke baseball’s color barrier with the Brooklyn Dodgers. The Red Sox were the last team in the majors to integrate.
Although Green only played in 88 games for the Sox, he helped to end an ugly period of racism for the team. Last year longtime Red Sox owner Thomas Yawkey had his name removed from a street in front of Fenway Park because of his poor record on race. The Red Sox were criticized after having a chance to sign both Robinson and Hall of Famer Willie Mays, but deciding not to.
A funeral will be held for Green August 2 at Beebe Memorial Cathedral in Oakland.