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Lester Rodney dies at 98; Daily Worker sports editor fought segregation in major league baseball
Lester Rodney dies at 98; Daily Worker sports editor fought segregation in major league baseball

Lester Rodney, the sports editor and columnist for the American Communist Party newspaper the Daily Worker who crusaded to end segregation in major league baseball in the 1930s and '40s, has died. He was 98. Rodney died of age-related causes Sunday at his home in a retirement community in Walnut Creek, Calif., said his daughter, Amy Rodney. Beginning in the decade before Jackie Robinson suited up with the Brooklyn Dodgers and broke baseball's color barrier in 1947, Rodney began pressing for the desegregation of baseball via columns and stories in the Daily Worker's sports pages. He called the ban against blacks in the major leagues "un-American" and "the...

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