|McCredie Kicks on Color Line in Base
This article from 1915 shows how
forward thinking Beavers manager Walter McCredie was by challenging the "Jim
Crow" laws in the PCL.
++++++++++++++++++++++ (Special to
the Chicago Defender)
Manager of Portland Champions Forced to
Fire Chinese Because White Men Balk - Vehemently Denounces Unfairness of Race.
Thinks Lloyd and Petway of the American Giants Great
Players and Would Welcome All Men Like Them.
Portland, Ore., Jan 15 -
McCredie's white Beavers won't play with a black or dark-skinned man, so
there'll be no "heathen Chinese" within the civilizing influences of the
Pacific Coast League next year.
Walter McCredie, manager of the
Portland ball champs, exploded a bombshell several weeks ago by announcing the
signing of Lang Akana, a half Hawaiian- half Chinese outfielder.
Today he plucked another out of the ammunition case, took
cool aim, and then during the uproar vouchsafed "info" that he would have to
release his Chinese horticulturist because of the strenuous objection from
"His skin's too dark," explained the Portland
mogul. "The Coast Leaguers who played at Honolulu on that recent barnstorming
trip came back vowing boycott. I have received a couple of letters from players
tellingme Akana is as dark as Jack Johnson, so I guess I will have to give him
In announcing the release of his poi-eating prodigy
Manager McCredie took occasion to exude a few remarks relative to baseball's
attitude toward Afro-American ball players.
don't think the color of the skin ought to be a barrier in baseball," declared
big Mac. "They have Jim Thopre, an Indian, in the big leagues; there are Cubans
on the rosters of various clubs. Here in the Pacific Coast League we have a
Mexican and a Hawaiian, and yet the laws of baseball bar Afro-Americans for
"If I had my say the Afro-American would be
welcome inside the fold. I would like to have two such ball players as Petway
and Lloyd of the Chicago Colored Giants, who play out here every spring. I
think Lloyd is another Hans Wagner around shortstop, and Petway is one of the
greatest catchers in the world."