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04/11/07 12:00 PM ET

Sportswriters key in integration

Press played important role ushering in new era in baseball


Through the 1920s, '30s and '40s, black sportswriters like Sam Lacy, Wendell Smith and Fay Young lobbied in the black press for the integration of the Major Leagues. When their dream was finally realized, black baseball was never to be the same.

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