The San Diego Tigers of the West Coast Negro Baseball League

By Leslie Heaphy

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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