Add this Event to Calendar 12/02/2021 07:00 PM 12/02/2021 09:00 PM Author Talk - Ted Reinstein

In April of 1945, exactly two years before Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier in major league baseball, Boston City Councilman Izzy Muchnick persuaded the Red Sox to try out three black players in return for a favorable vote to allow the team to play on Sundays. The Red Sox got the councilman’s much-needed vote but the tryout was a sham; the three players would get no closer to the major leagues. It was a lost battle in a war that was ultimately won by Robinson in 1947.

Before Brooklyn: The Unsung Heroes Who Helped Break Baseball’s Color Barrier tells the story of the little-known heroes who fought segregation in baseball. Author, Ted Reinstein, reminds us that the first black player in professional baseball was not Jackie Robinson but Moses Fleetwood Walker in 1884 and that for a time integrated teams were not that unusual. And then, as segregation throughout the country hardened, the exclusion of blacks in baseball quietly became the norm and the battle for integration began anew.

Mr. Reinstein will speak about his book at the final program of the Fall Author Talks at the Kingston Council on Aging on Thursday, December 2 at 7 PM.

Ted Reinstein is a journalist and reporter for Chronicle and he files a weekly report for WCVB’s political roundtable show, On The Record. Ted hosted the premiere season of the Discovery Channel’s Popular Mechanics show, the HGTV network series, Lighthouses and the Travel Channel’s photo adventure series, FreezeFrame. His past books include A New England Notebook: One Reporter, Six States, Uncommon Stories, Wicked Pissed: New England’s Most Famous Feuds and New England’s General Stores: Exploring an American Classic.


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