In honor of Black History Month, on Thursday, February 9 at 7:00 p.m., the Parlin Library will host Ted Reinstein, of WCVB’s “Chronicle,” for a discussion of his book “Before Brooklyn: The Unsung Heroes Who Helped Break Baseball’s Color Barrier.” He will discuss the unknown heroes who fought segregation in baseball, communist newspaper reporters, Pullman car porters and the black newspapers that reached the homes of people of color throughout the United States to support the integration of baseball. He reminds us that the first black player in professional baseball was not Jackie Robinson but Moses Fleetwood Walker in 1884, and that there was a time when integrated teams were not unusual. But segregation in the United States deepened and the exclusion of people of color in baseball became the norm.
Since 1997, Reinstein has been a reporter for “Chronicle,” WCVB-TV/Boston’s award-winning – and America’s longest-running, locally produced – nightly news magazine. He has been a contributor for the station’s political roundtable show and sits on WCVB’s editorial board. He is also the author of “New England Notebook” and “Wicked Pissed.”
Join us for a celebration of Black History, American History and the Boys of Summer.