On This Date 3/11/1901

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John McGraw attempts to integrate baseball, by passing off Charlie Grant, a light-skinned black player as Native American. Grant, who played for teams in Chicago, was invited to workout for McGraw, who was managing the Baltimore Orioles in the newly formed American League. McGraw tries to pass Grant off as a Cherokee named Charlie Tokohama before Chicago White Sox owner Charles Comiskey derailed the plan.

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