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Reading Baseball: Renaming the J.G. Taylor Spink Award

With the amplified call to remove racist references across the U.S. this summer, a recent column urged the Baseball Writers Association of America to rename an award for its industry that is connected to a man who opposed the integration of America’s pastime.

In his latest edition of Reading Baseball, Pete Peterson suggests renaming the award after a man who dealt with segregation in his journalism career and went on to help African-American players overcome racial hatred and injustice.

Reading Baseball is a series of essays and commentaries by Richard “Pete” Peterson, author of Growing Up With Clemente and editor of The St. Louis Baseball Reader.

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Richard "Pete" Peterson is the creative force behind WSIU Radio's Reading Baseball Series. Pete's original essays and commentaries are a regular staple for any fan of the game.
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