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Pumpsie Green, 1st Black Player On The Boston Red Sox, Dies At 85

The Boston Red Sox were the last Major League Baseball team to integrate, some 12 years after Jackie Robinson played his first game with the Brooklyn Dodgers.

Elijah "Pumpsie" Green was the first black player on the Boston Red Sox, the last Major League Baseball team to integrate. He died on Wednesday at the age of 85.

"Pumpsie Green occupies a special place in our history," Red Sox principal owner John Henry , according to a news story from the team. "He was, by his own admission, a reluctant pioneer, but we

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