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10 Things You May Not Know About Jackie Robinson

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Phony Try-Outs

In 1945 the Boston Red Sox offered Jackie Robinson and two other African-American players a fake try-out. The invitation to try-out was a result of Boston city councilor Isadore Muchnick pressuring both the Red Sox and the then Boston Braves to give opportunities to Negro League players or risk losing the Blue Laws waiver that allowed the clubs to play Sunday games. During the Red Sox try-out, all three players were allegedly taunted and called names, prompting them to leave after ninety minutes, skipping their try-out with the Braves. —Carrie Healey,

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