Interview with Willard J. Brown, June 22, 1982

Project: A. B. "Happy" Chandler: Desegregation of Major League Baseball Oral History Project

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Willard Brown was born in Louisiana. He was an outfielder in the Negro Leagues and played briefly in the Major Leagues. He was the first African American to hit a homerun in the American League, and also played in Puerto Rico. In 2006, he was inducted in the Baseball Hall of Fame and the Caribbean Baseball Hall of Fame. In this interview, he talks about his early career in baseball, his experiences during World War II, his playing for the Kansas City Monarchs and the St. Louis Browns, and his reasons for eventually leaving the Browns. He describes the effects segregation had on his baseball career and some of the frustrations that he faced due to discrimination at that time.

Interview Accession

1982oh116_chan097

Interviewee Name

Willard J. Brown

Interviewer Name

William J. Marshall

Interview Date

1982-06-22

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Brown, Willard J. Interview by William J. Marshall. 22 Jun. 1982. Lexington, KY: Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.

Brown, W.J. (1982, June 22). Interview by W. J. Marshall. A. B. "Happy" Chandler: Desegregation of Major League Baseball Oral History Project. Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries, Lexington.

Brown, Willard J., interview by William J. Marshall. June 22, 1982, A. B. "Happy" Chandler: Desegregation of Major League Baseball Oral History Project, Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.





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