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Celebrating Black History Month in Florida: First black ballplayers at Yankees’ spring training (1954)

(February 4, 1954) Original published caption: “Yesterday was a big day for the two players. They met Yankee Manager Casey Stengel just before beginning workouts. Elston Howard, right, is being tried as a catcher while Eddie Andrews will show his wares as a pitcher. They are the first Negroes to be members of a Yankee tryout camp here. Both saw service with minor league clubs last season.”

[Johnnie Evans | Times]

(February 4, 1954) Original published caption: “Yesterday was a big day for the two players. They met Yankee Manager Casey Stengel just before beginning workouts. Elston Howard, right, is being tried as a catcher while Eddie Andrews will show his wares as a pitcher. They are the first Negroes to be members of a Yankee tryout camp here. Both saw service with minor league clubs last season.”

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For Black History Month, we culled through our archives looking for photos showing various historical "firsts" by African-Americans in Florida. Today's installment features Elston Howard, who in 1955 became the first black to play in the major leagues for the New York Yankees. This photo shows Howard (right) in 1954, when he (along with Eddie Andrews) were the first black players to be invited by the New York Yankees to spring training in St. Petersburg.

[Last modified: Friday, February 12, 2016 3:10pm]

    

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