Shut Out by Howard Bryant
A Story of Race and Baseball in Boston

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Shut Out is the compelling story of Boston's racial divide viewed through the lens of one of the city's greatest institutions - its baseball team, and told from the perspective of Boston native and noted sports writer Howard Bryant. This well written and poignant work contains striking interviews in which blacks who played for the Red Sox speak for the first time about their experiences in Boston, as well as groundbreaking chapter that details Jackie Robinson's ill-fated tryout with the Boston Red Sox and the humiliation that followed.
 

About Howard Bryant

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Howard Bryant is a journalist covering the New York Yankees for the Bergen Record. He previously covered the Oakland A's for the San Jose Mercury News and was an editorial writer and technology columnist for the Oakland Tribune. He grew up in Boston during the busing crisis of the 1970s and has written extensively on race and baseball. His pieces have appeared in the books Thinking Black, The Red Sox Century, and the forthcoming Yankee Century. He lives in New York City.
 
Published October 11, 2013 by Routledge. 308 pages
Genres: History, Sports & Outdoors, Political & Social Sciences. Non-fiction

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But Boston's image of liberalism, as Bryant neatly sketches, was smoke and mirrors, showing its true face in the busing crisis of the 1970s, and, more insidiously, through “its hidden presuppositions of how black people should act, especially around whites.” Kicking and screaming, Boston signed i...

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Bryant examines looks at Jackie Robinson's doomed Fenway tryout in 1945 and at Pumpsie Green, who eventually became the Red Sox' first black player, a full dozen years after Robinson broke the color barrier.

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Bryant, a Boston native and journalist who has covered the Oakland A's and the New York Yankees, argues that it was no accident that the Red Sox were the last Major League team to include a black player and that this legacy of racism has continued to plague the team through the late twentieth cen...

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