Shea/Ostler: Pumpsie Green, who integrated Red Sox, opens up about trail-blazing career

From John Shea and Scott Ostler at the San Francisco Chronicle on October 27, 2018:

This year’s World Series pits the first major-league baseball team to integrate against the last, and Pumpsie Green takes great pride in breaking the color barrier for the shamefully intolerant Boston Red Sox of 1959.

Fifty-nine years later, however, Green makes one confession: He would rather have played for his hometown team, the Oakland Oaks of the old Pacific Coast League.

It’s one of many stories that Green, who turns 85 Saturday, shared on a recent afternoon at his home in the El Cerrito hills.

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Originally published: October 31, 2018. Last Updated: October 31, 2018.