Where Have All The Black Pitchers In Baseball Gone?


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Quickly, name another African-American pitcher in Major League Baseball (MLB) right now besides the Yankees’ C.C. Sabathia. Exactly. There was a time where a lot of the elite flame throwers were Black. Dwight “Doc” Gooden (New York Mets), Dave Stewart (Oakland Athletics), Dennis “Oilcan” Boyd (Boston Redsox), Lee Smith (the Mariano Rivera of his time for the St. Louis Cardinals and other teams). If you are too young to recognize any of the aforementioned hurlers (who pitched in the mid 80s and early 90s) then you understand the issue here.

Black pitchers have a long, storied history. Dan Bankhead was the first Black pitcher to ever pitch in a major league game in 1947, the same year Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier. Leroy “Satchel” Paige, one of the more recognized African American baseball players, was the first to pitch in an American League game in 1948 and…

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