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

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CHAPTER 12
“I NEVER WANT TO TAKE
ANOTHER TRIP LIKE THIS ONE”

Before sportswriters left en masse for spring training, the New York chapter of the Baseball Writers’ Association held its twenty-third annual meeting at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel on February 3. The all-white crowd included twelve hundred journalists, owners, managers, players, politicians, and other dignitaries. Speeches were made and awards were handed out. But, as always, the evening was judged by the entertainment. Harold Burr of the Brooklyn Eagle wrote, “The fast-moving program was one of the best in the chapter’s history.” The Sporting News called the songs and skits “the best yet.” New York Times columnist Arthur Daley agreed. “The burlesque was so broad that the scribes were able to risk bringing into the cast of characters as delicate a subject as Jackie Robinson,” Daley said. “But it was all such lampoonery that no one’s feelings really were hurt.”1 To make his point, Daley included the dialogue of a skit that opened at a mansion with a butler — or, as the columnist described him, “a darky” in satin knee breeches, wearing a Montreal uniform.

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents vii
  • Acknowledgments ix
  • Part 1 1
  • Chapter 1 - White Sportswriters and Minstrel Shows 3
  • Part 2 27
  • Chapter 2 - The Color Line Is Drawn 29
  • Chapter 3 - Invisible Men 57
  • Chapter 4 - “Agitators” and “Social-Minded Drum Beaters” 85
  • Part 3 107
  • Chapter 5 - “l’Affaire Jake Powell” 109
  • Chapter 6 - Major League Managers and Ballplayers Call for End of Color Line 133
  • Part 4 157
  • Chapter 7 - The Double V Campaign 159
  • Chapter 8 - “The Great White Father” Speaks 187
  • Chapter 9 - Black Editors Make Their Case for Desegregation 217
  • Chapter 10 - “Get Those Niggers off the Field” 249
  • Part 5 281
  • Chapter 11 - Robinson Becomes the Chosen One 283
  • Part 6 305
  • Chapter 12 - “I Never Want to Take Another Trip like This One” 307
  • Notes 335
  • Bibliography 363
  • Index 375
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