Only the Ball Was White documents racism in the early 1920s, when a New York Giants scout was sent to watch a young Cuban play for Foster’s American Giants, a baseball club in the Negro Leagues. The scout liked what he saw, but was disappointed in the player’s light brown appearance. Such was life behind the color line, the unofficial boundary that prevented hundreds of star-quality athletes from playing big-league baseball.
Only the Ball was White (1980) Short, History | Video 1980
Director: Ken SolarzStars: Roy Campanella, Jimmie Crutchfield, Buck LeonardSummary: Actor, Paul Winfield narrates a program that documents a time when men were denied access to the major leagues because of their race. The program includes interviews with players such as: Satchel Paige, Roy Campanella, Buck Leonard, Jimmy Crutchfield, David Malarcher, Effa Manley, and Quincy Trouppe.