Lead:  In the fall of 1945 Branch Wesley Rickey stunned the sports world. He hired a black man to play major league baseball.

Intro.: A Moment in Time with Dan Roberts.

Content: In no American institution were color lines more rigidly enforced than in major league baseball during the first half of the twentieth century. Since 1884 when the brothers Welday and Moses Walker played for Toledo, blacks had been excluded from major league play. Reflecting the society in which they competed the teams excluded African Americans from participation even though to do so robbed them of a rich pool of athletic talent.

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