As I mentioned before, all the talk of baseball's racial history and the current dearth of African-American players in the game prompted me to take another look at Shut Out, Howard Bryant's book about the Red Sox sometimes shameful racial history. After reading the book again, I sent the author a note at his washingtonpost.com email, thanking him for writing it and explaining how it helped me, a middle class white woman and lifelong Sox fan, understand what was happening with the franchise over the years and to some of my favorite ballplayers like Mo Vaughn and Jim Rice. If you haven't yet read Shut Out, I highly recommend it. It will really open your eyes and challenge your assumptions.
He very graciously responded back to me today: