Fan Perspectives on Race and Baseball in the City of Brotherly Love

By Jen McGovern

This article was published in the 2013 The National Pastime.

The history of baseball in America has always been closely tied to the history of race in America. The progression of baseball from an exclusionary sport to a beacon for integration and eventually to a global game has paralleled our country’s movement from slavery to the civil rights movement to modern day multiculturalism. While the changes have taken place nationwide, they have played out differently in cities and regions across the country. In each city, the story of race and baseball is enmeshed with the city’s history and culture as . . .

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