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Sam Lacy Knew Jackie Robinson Could Break Color Barrier

The third installement ofTim Lacy's rememberences of MDDC HOF'er Sam Lacy
By Tim Lacy

Covering sports events caused Sam Lacy to realize that there was something wrong with the racial setting of sports. The memory of his childhood surfaced. He remembered the days where he witnessed both black and white teams compete, and he realized the level of competition was on a par, and sometimes better.

With this in mind, he solicited, and was granted an audience with Clark Griffith, owner of the Washington Senators. He made the case that there was some colored talent being wasted, and Griffith should consider some of the best for his team. Griffith listened, but rebutted Sam’s position with the excuse that recruitment of colored players would be the cause of the demise of the Negro Leagues.

In 1944, Lacy was on loan to the Chicago Defender Newspaper. The Defender had a gaping hole in their coverage of sports and thought that Sam, who by this time had gained a level of notoriety, would be just the medicine to cure this ailment.

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