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.
March 2, 1973
Commissioner Kenesaw Mountain Landis rules that Alabama Pitts, a black player, may suit up for the Albany Senators of the International League
June 17, 1935