Feb 23, 2022
In another rerun, as we near the end of Black History Month, Bill takes us back to three years ago this week, when we discussed Major League Baseball's first Black umpire. New stuff next week, almost guaranteed! Original description: We know that, even after Jackie Robinson's debut, Major League Baseball didn't integrate all at once. In fact, one of the last groups to integrate were the umpires, when Emmett Ashford took the field for the first time, 53 years ago this week(ish). Mike and Bill look back at his life and career, describe his distinctive style, talk about the barriers and prejudice he face, and ponder whether MLB has done enough to secure his legacy. Also, happy birthday to Tim Burke and Elston Howard!