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.

Curt Roberts

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Pittsburgh Pirates

Curt Roberts

The Pirates integrated on April 13, 1954, when Curt Roberts stepped to the plate in the bottom of the first inning. Roberts went 1-for-3 with a triple during a 4-2 win over the Phillies, but there wouldn't be many good times for him in the majors. After hitting .232 with one home run his first season, the second baseman was used sparingly in two more seasons with Pittsburgh before he was out of MLB. Roberts died in 1969 at just 40 years old after he got hit by a car while changing a flat tire.

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