The report listed the pros and cons of prospective racial integration in base- ball

Branch Rickey found in Daniel Dodson such a fifa 15 coins kindred spirit that, af- ter the baseball executive’s investigators performed a background check on the sociologist to make sure he had no left-wing tinge in his back- ground, he brought him into his confidence. He told Dodson about the Dodgers’ already advanced scouting of black players and confided that at least one and possibly several black players would be signed before the start of the 1946 season. The two men discussed in detail the least painful way to reveal the breaking of the color line in baseball to players, fans, owners, and the society at large. Dodson thought that the sooner Rickey made his decision public, the better prepared everyone would be for the dramatic change in the 1946 season. To allow sufficient time for the white players to adjust to the new working conditions, the sociologist suggested that the end of the 1945 baseball season might be the ideal time for the announcement. Dodson also forewarned Rickey that Mayor LaGuardia wanted quick action on ending discrimination, preferably be- fore the November election.

Rickey preferred waiting until after the election for he too, like his fellow baseball owners, had an aversion to being labeled a “do-gooder.” However, circumstances hastened Rickey’s announcement. Early in Oc- tober 1945 the LaGuardia Committee on Unity issued what it called a “tentative proposal submitted purely on the basis of discussion.” The report listed the pros and cons of prospective racial integration in base- ball. Problems of acceptance in the South during spring training and among southern players year-round were noted. Difficulties in hotel ar- rangements in border cities were also mentioned, but the working draft concluded forcefully that there was “little doubt that New York City’s baseball public would certainly support the integration of Negroes on the basis of their abilities. There was never a more propitious moment than the present, when we are just concluding a terrible World War to suppress the theory of racial superiority, to put our house in order.”

When Rickey learned from Dodson that Mayor LaGuardia planned to make baseball integration the subject of his regular Sunday afternoon ra- dio address on October 18, 1945, the baseball executive decided that he must act quickly. He implored Dodson to use his influence on the mayor to postpone his talk on racial justice because, shortly, there would be favorable news on integration in baseball. Dan Dodson had not known Branch Rickey for very long, but he put his reputation on the line when he convinced LaGuardia to change the subject for his weekly radio re- marks. The mayor chose to devote his Sunday radio talk to a general plea for patriotism and community service instead of a call for specific actions on behalf of racial equality.