Conspiracy of Silence: Sportswriters and the Long Campaign to Desegregate Baseball

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CHAPTER 3
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When Sam Lacy was two years old in 1905, his family moved from Mystic, Connecticut, to Washington DC. Lacy grew up near Griffith Stadium, home field of the Nationals, who would later change their name to the Senators.1 The Lacys were affluent by the standards of the day. Band leader Duke Ellington lived in their neighborhood. Sam attended school with Charles Drew, who later created what became known as blood banks, and William Hastie, who would become a federal judge. Lacy said his father, Sam Sr., a researcher for a law firm, shared an interest in newspapers and baseball with his son. Sam Sr.’s salary made it possible for them to regularly attend games at Griffith Stadium. Lacy Sr. continued to attend games until he was almost eighty. The Senators walked in a parade to the ballpark before the first game of the season. Lacy Sr. was standing on the parade route cheering the team as it passed. “There he was, cheering, calling all the players by name, happy to be there,” Sam Lacy Jr. later said. “And then this guy

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