Monday, July 25, 2011

Remembering Pumpsie Green

If you're a Red Sox aficionado, you might be aware of the fact that Pumpsie Green and Gene Conley (the only athlete to play for the Boston Celtics, Boston Red Sox and Boston Braves) decided to take a break from the baseball season (circa 1960) and travel to Israel -- just for kicks.  That's part of Sox lore.  What's not so obscure is the fact that Pumpsie Green was the first African American to sign with the Red Sox and that he broke into the bigs in 1959.  For some background on this aspect of Red Sox history, I recommend you read Chris (no relation to Vic) Wertz' article referenced here.

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