The San Diego Tigers of the West Coast Negro Baseball League
This article was published in the 2019 The National Pastime.
As World War II ended, baseball was moving in a new direction. The Brooklyn Dodgers' signing of Jackie Robinson launched a new era of integration for the National Pastime, the first step in a long journey that is still in progress. Since the doors to the majors would not open right away, there continued to be a need for opportunities for non-white players. Abe Saperstein, owner of the Harlem Globetrotters, began to work with local businessmen in California in late 1945 to create a West Coast League, which would begin . . .
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