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Why Was Discrimination in Major-League Baseball Called the “Color Line?”

 

In his book describing 19th-century baseball, Sol White tells us that "at one time the colored teams were accommodated in some of the best hotels in the country..." Then things changed, before the end of the 19th century. What could have caused this change?

Why do you suppose the changed situation, for African-American baseball players, was called "The Color Line?"


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