The exile of Oakland A’s Bruce Maxwell and the birth of MLB’s Black player movement
Maxwell would take a knee in his crisp white home jersey, alone, while the rest of his teammates stood. Death threats and harassment immediately followed. Four days later, in Texas, his A’s teammates would joke with him about assassins in the box seats, how no one wanted to stand next to him during the anthem or sit next to him in the dugout for fear of being hit with a bullet intended for him. In the following weeks, Maxwell’s #protest would be met with skepticism, condescension and virtually no true support from anyone in major league baseball.
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