April 26, 2019
Historical Hypocrisy; the Racism of the Yankees
Yankees were one of the last adapters to hire a black baseball player
in the late 1950s.They had a black Puerto Rican who played under the
name Vic Power in their minor league system. But they traded him away
to the Philadelphia Athletics and the Yankees chose Elston Howard as
their first black player in 1955. Jackie Robinson broke into the major
leagues in 1947.
Here is what Wikipedia has to say about Vic Power: Power broke into the major leagues in 1953...
The Yankees' owners at the time, Del Webb and Dan Topping,
felt that Power's playing style and personality wasn't suited for the
conservative style that they wanted a "black" player to represent as a
member of the club. Power dated light-skinned women, leading George Weiss, the general manager of the Yankees, to say that Power was "not the Yankee type". The Yankees also had Johnny Mize at first base, and another top prospect, Bill Skowron, in their farm system. Skowron spent most of the 1953 season at first base, while Power played 121 games in the outfield. When the Yankees had a need at the major leagues, they promoted Gus Triandos, a Caucasian player from Class AA, instead of Power. The Yankees decided on Elston Howard to become the first black player in club history. Many blacks and Puerto Ricans protested in front of Yankee Stadium in response to what they believed to have been a racially motivated decision
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