Pardon Me, Boys...

I have a couple of more social events in Chattanooga and I return to the city that was the last in Major League Baseball to integrate. It is never lost on me that the history of the game, so revered in Boston, is also missing any dialogue about one of its most meaningful chapters. Does one care more about Ted Williams in the Army or injustices brought upon minorities trying to play sports in Boston? To Bostonians, singing "Sweet Caroline" or if you claim to be a historian, "Tessie" is a deep as thoughts about the separation of races in Boston sports ever goes. Howard Bryant's "Shutout: A Story of Race and Baseball in Boston" should be on every high school must read list if not mandatory for all citizens of the "Athens of America."

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