Two African American Pioneers Cross Paths: Roy Campanella and Carl Rowan
In May of 1948, two pioneers arrived at Lexington Park in St. Paul. One was Roy Campanella, who became the first African American to play in the American Association (which began play in 1902), when he was assigned to the St. Paul Saints by the Brooklyn Dodgers. Chronicling Campanella’s pivotal role was another African American pioneer reporter, Carl Rowan, who was just beginning his newspaper career after receiving a Master’s Degree from the University of Minnesota. . . .
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