Mr. Green, an infielder who made his first Major League appearance with Boston after a flurry of off-field actions that stretched from the team’s front office into state agencies, has died, the Red Sox said Wednesday night. He was 85. Though his Red Sox career was comparatively short — he hit .244 in 327 games before being traded to the New York Mets in 1963 — his impact on team history was large. The Boston Red Sox were the last all-white Major League team, integrating a dozen years after Jackie Robinson broke baseball’s color line with the Brooklyn Dodgers. “Pumpsie Green occupies a special place in our history,” said Red Sox principal owner John Henry, who also owns The Boston Globe. “He was, by his own admission, a reluctant pioneer, but we will always remember him for his grace and perseverance in becoming our first African-American player.’’ Overall, Mr. Green played all or parts of five seasons in Boston and one with the Mets from 1959 to 1963, batting .246 with 13 homers and 74 RBIs. He made Red Sox history on July 21, 1959, in Chicago, when he was inserted as a pinch runner for Vic Wertz in the… Read full this story
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