Written with Kelly Rusinack
On August 13, 1936, the Daily Worker announced the following:
The Crime of the Big Leagues!
The newspapers have carefully hushed it up!
One of the most sordid stories in American sports!
Though they win laurels for America in the Olympics — though
they have proven themselves outstanding baseball stars — Negroes
have been placed beyond the pale of the American and National
Read the truth about this carefully laid conspiracy.
Beginning next Sunday, the Sunday Worker will rip the veil from
the “Crime of the Big Leagues” — mentioning names, giving facts,
sparing none of the most sacred figures in baseball officialdom.1
Three days later the Sunday Daily Worker published a banner headline that read: “Fans Ask End of Jim Crow Baseball.” The unsigned