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Out of the Morgue, July 17, 2014

In drought and baseball, Great Bend comes out on top in 1954

In 1954, the Brooklyn Dodgers this week became the first major league team where the majority of players were black. Six years earlier, they were the first to officially bring on an identified black player, Jackie Robinson. Several other teams had identified players as Native American or Cuban p...

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Each week we’ll take a step back into the history of Great Bend through the eyes of reporters past. We’ll reacquaint you with what went into creating the Great Bend of today, and do our best to update you on what “the rest of the story” turned out to be.

This week in 1954, the Brooklyn Dodgers baseball team became the first major league team where the majority of players were black.  Only a few years earlier, the color line had been broken with the team’s signing of Jackie Robinson.  Pressure to open the league was a ...


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