Sport: Baseball Picks a Pioneer

League leader Bill White becomes the game's ranking black

Forty-two years after Jackie Robinson broke the color line but only 22 months after Al Campanis broke the party line, baseball last week hired a black man to be president of the National League. He will preside at owners' meetings, approve players' contracts, supervise the umpires, set proprieties and penalize iniquities. "Whatever historical significance there is in it," said Bill White, 55, a reluctant-sounding pioneer, "if I didn't think I could do this job, I would be foolish to take it. My goal is to be the best president I can be." Of any color.

The former first baseman and broadcaster...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now

Subscribe
Subscribe

Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on TIME.com

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!