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Item # 632040

March 22, 1946

THE NEW YORK TIMES, March 22, 1946

* Kenny Washington breaks the color barrier
* NFL football signs it's 1st African American player
* Los Angeles Rams (St. Louis)

The sport's section (page 25) has a small and inconspicuous heading at the bottom of the page that reads: "Rams Sign Ken Washington" (see)
wikipedia notes: Kenneth S. Washington (August 31, 1918 – June 24, 1971) was a professional football player who was the first African-American to sign a contract with a National Football League team in the modern (post-World War II) era.
Unfortunate for the small report here but still a historic 1st though in this famous NYC title. I suspect this is one of the few publications to report this particular event as other titles in our inventory do not.
Other news, sports and advertisements of the day. Complete in 42 pages, this is the rare rag edition that was produced on very high quality newsprint, with a high percentage of cotton & linen content, allowing the issues to remain very white & sturdy into the present. Given the subscription cost, libraries & institutions rather than individuals were the primary subscribers of these high-quality editions. Nice Condition.

Category: The 20th Century

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