Author, journalist and reporter Ted Reinstein joins us virtually to talk about his book, “Before Brooklyn: The Unsung Heroes Who Helped Break Baseball’s Color Barrier.” This book tells the story of the little-known heroes who fought segregation in baseball, from communist newspaper reporters to the Pullman car porters who saw to it that Black newspapers espousing integration in professional sports reached the homes of Black people throughout the country.
It also reminds us that the first Black player in professional baseball was not Jackie Robinson but Moses Fleetwood Walker in 1884, and that for a time integrated teams were not that unusual. And then, as segregation throughout the country hardened, the exclusion of Black people in baseball quietly became the norm, and the battle for integration began anew.
Ted Reinstein is best known in New England as a journalist and reporter for “Chronicle,” Boston’s celebrated—and America’s longest-running, locally-produced—TV newsmagazine. While he appears occasionally in the studio at the anchor desk or delivering an opinion commentary, it’s out in the field where viewers are most familiar seeing Ted. From every corner of New England, he’s found the offbeat, the unique, the moving and the just plain memorable, all while telling the enduringly colorful stories of the region’s people and places. Ted received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Brandeis University. He has two daughters and lives just west of Boston.+ More... - Less...
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