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Old 08-25-2011, 09:23 AM   #5 (permalink)

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Originally Posted by Acie View Post
Willie O'Ree played for the Bruins in 1958.
from gladwell's 3rd footnote:

Jon Lanning, "Productivity, Discrimination, and Lost Profits During Baseball's Integration," The Journal of Economic History (2010), 70: 964-988. I have heard some Boston fans claim that their city was so racist that it could never have handled a black player before the end of the 1950s. In other words, that Yawkey was a rational actor. But what about the Boston Braves? They integrated in 1950.
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