San Diego Breaks Pacific Coast League Color Barrier

By Alan Cohen

This article was published in the 2019 The National Pastime.

In 2005, the Padres unveiled a bust of Johnny Ritchey at the recently opened Petco Park, two years after his death. In 2017, Ritchey was inducted into the Breitbard Hall of Fame in San Diego. Why was Ritchie memorialized? He was the Pacific Coast League’s barrier breaker in terms of color. He spent parts of seven seasons in the PCL but never got the call to play in the majors. Johnny Ritchey broke the Pacific Coast League's color barrier . . .

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