AND MINSTREL SHOWS
On February 5, 1933, the inside of the grand ballroom of New York City’s Commodore Hotel crackled with laughter during an evening of songs, skits, and speeches at the tenth annual New York Baseball Writers’ Association dinner. Sportswriters took turns spoofing everyone from the guest of honor, retired New York Giants manager John McGraw, to the New York Yankees, who had defeated the Chicago Cubs in the World Series the previous October. In addition, sportswriters performed their annual minstrel show to the delight of the all-white crowd of several hundred. New York Times sportswriter John Drebinger called the minstrel show the main entertainment for the evening. “I’m still laughing,” Dan Daniel, the president of the association, gushed in his column in the Sporting News. Writers, ballplayers, and owners sat together with politicians, judges, businessmen, and ministers to laugh but also to glorify baseball and to honor those who made the game great. New York Yankees pitcher Herb Pennock received the
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Publication information: Book title: Conspiracy of Silence: Sportswriters and the Long Campaign to Desegregate Baseball. Contributors: Chris Lamb - Author. Publisher: University of Nebraska Press. Place of publication: Lincoln, NE. Publication year: 2012. Page number: 3.
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