I’ve written before, probably several times, that one of the things I like best about my job involves new things I learn every day.
This morning, for the first time, I read about 1 of 2 players who broke the color-barrier for the Cincinnati Reds.
His name is Chuck Harmon and I read about him this morning because he’s just passed away at the age of 94.
Harmon and a Puerto Rican native Nino Escalera, were the first 2 African American players to suit up for the Reds in 1,954, years after most other Major League Baseball teams had dropped race as a factor in their player decision-making.
Harmon played for the Reds in more than 200 games during a 6 year long MLB career, hitting all of his 7 home runs for the Reds.
As a casual Reds fan for most of my life I am saddened that I never heard of Chuck Harmon until today.
That’s the way I see it.