Foreign News 1945: War Crimes: The Fallen Eagles

Branch Breaks the Ice

The management palmed him off as an Indian. But Charley Grant, who played second base for the oldtime Baltimore Orioles, was a lightskinned, straight-haired Negro. A few Mexicans, Cubans and strongly suntanned whites who have played for other big-league clubs have been widely believed (but never proved) to be Negroes. Last week, after three years and $25,000 worth of scouting the Negro leagues, Branch ("The Brain") Rickey called in reporters—not to make a confession but to tell the world that Brooklyn had signed Jack Roosevelt Robinson, a Negro shortstop....

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