On July 19, 1952, Fitzgerald of the Georgia State League plays a 12-year-old African-American batboy in a game against Statesboro. Joe Relford becomes the first black player in the history of the Class-D league. Umpire Ed Kubick is fired for allowing Relford to play, and Relford will lose his job as batboy.
Alfredo Edmead of Class-A Salem (Va.) is killed when he collides with a teammate during a game against Rocky Mount
August 22, 1974
April 18, 1946