Timeline: The integration of Major League Baseball

Jackie Robinson broke Major League Baseball's color barrier on April 15, 1947, with the Brooklyn Dodgers. Here's a chronological look at when baseball's other teams integrated.

Hank Thompson

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St. Louis Browns

Hank Thompson

Just 12 days after Larry Doby made his debut, Hank Thompson, second from left here, started at second base for St. Louis. He went 0-for-4 during a 16-2 loss to the Athletics on July 17, 1947. Two days later, another black player, Willard Brown, also joined the lineup. And on July 20, both Brown and Thompson started, the first time two black players had ever appeared on the same team. On Aug. 9, during the nightcap of a doubleheader against Cleveland, Thompson (who went 3-for-3) played against pinch hitter Doby (he walked). It was the first time black players on opposing teams had ever played against each other. Thompson played his last game for the Browns on Aug. 22, after going 20-for-78 (.256) in 27 games. It wouldn't be the last time Thompson made history with a team looking to integrate.

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