Pumpsie Green, 1st black player on Boston Red Sox, dies

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FILE – In this April 1959 file photo, Boston Red Sox’s Elijah “Pumpsie” Green poses for a photo, location not known. Green, the first black player on the Red Sox, has died. He was 85. A Red Sox spokesman confirmed his death Wednesday night, July 17, 2019. (AP Photo/Harold Filan, File)

BOSTON (AP) – Elijah “Pumpsie” Green, the first black player on the Boston Red Sox, has died. He was 85.

A Red Sox spokesman confirmed his death Wednesday night.

Green played parts of four seasons with the Red Sox and one with the New York Mets from 1959-63, batting .246 with 13 homers and 74 RBIs. But his place in history was made when he stepped on the field as a pinch-runner against the Chicago White Sox on July 21, 1959.

FILE – In this April 19, 2009, file photo, Boston Red Sox great Elijah “Pumpsie” Green throws out a ceremonial first pitch for the Red Sox’s baseball game against the Baltimore Orioles in Boston. Green, the first black player on the Red Sox, has died. He was 85. A Red Sox spokesman confirmed his death Wednesday night, July 17, 2019. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, File)

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