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The Integration of the Pacific Coast League


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1. Baseball, the Color Line, and the Pacific Coast League before World War II
2. Baseball, the Color Line, and the Pacific Coast League in the 1940s
3. John Ritchey Integrates the San Diego Padres, 1948
4. Momentum and Challenges, 1949
5. The Pacific Coast League Integrates, 1950-52

About the Author

Amy Essington is an instructor in the history department at California State University, Fullerton.


"Jackie Robinson was a trailblazer in integrating major league baseball, but as Essington shows, there were pioneers at the minor-league level who also blazed a path for a future generation of African American players. The Pacific Coast League integrated quickly and was ages ahead of other areas of the country. Essington's book provides readers with a concise, useful examination of that progress."-Bob D'Angelo, Sport in American History -- Bob D'Angelo * Sport in American History *
"The West Coast's reputation as socially progressive was a factor even in sports. Amy Essington . . . tells the story of how the Pacific Coast League, a popular minor league before the majors' westward expansion, became one of the first leagues in any sport to integrate throughout."-Ross Atkin, Christian Science Monitor -- Ross Atkin * Christian Science Monitor *
"Essington's book is a worthy exploration of race, baseball, and American culture in the postwar American West. Historians and members of the general public interested in race, civil rights, baseball, and the American West should find this book useful and informative."-Robert Bauman, Oregon Historical Society -- Robert Bauman * Oregon Historical Society *
"The desegregation of the Pacific Coast League is a story that has never been fully told until now. Amy Essington gives a thorough account of the process and the individuals. . . . Essington explains the story beyond Robinson and Rickey. A definite must-read."-Leslie Heaphy, editor of Satchel Paige and Company: Essays on the Kansas City Monarchs, Their Greatest Star, and the Negro Leagues
-- Leslie Heaphy
"Based on a subject that has received too little attention from sports historians, The Integration of the Pacific Coast League explores the important role that the PCL played in the integration of baseball and how it became one of the first sports leagues to be fully integrated."-Dick Beverage, founder and former president of the Pacific Coast League Historical Society -- Dick Beverage

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