First black players for each major league baseball team
By September 15, 2012
When Jackie Robinson debuted for the Brooklyn Dodgers at the start of the 1947 season it integrated Major League Baseball after several decades of exclusion for player’s of color. But even though Jackie’s act was historic, it also served as a beginning – a beginning of a new MLB landscape. Not every team had a black player in ’47, in fact only two of the other 15 clubs integrated that same year.
Here are the first black players for each of the 16 MLB teams of that era. Some teams had more than one black player appear for the first time in the same game.
Jackie Robinson Brooklyn Dodgers April 15, 1947
Larry Doby Cleveland Indians July 5, 1947
Hank Thompson St. Louis Browns July 17, 1947
Monte Irvin & Hank Thompson New York Giants July 8, 1949
Sam Jethroe Boston Braves April 18, 1950
Minnie Miñoso Chicago White Sox May 1, 1951
Bob Trice Philadelphia A’s September 13, 1953
Ernie Banks Chicago Cubs September 17, 1953
Curt Roberts Pittsburgh Pirates April 13, 1954
Tom Alston St. Louis Cardinals April 13, 1954
Nino Escalera & Chuck Harmon Cincinnati Reds April 17, 1954
Carlos Paula Washington Senators September 6, 1954