This interactive data visualization shows when each team in Major League Baseball became integrated and tells the story of how long it took for MLB integration to begin. Most know that Jackie Robinson was the first black player to play in MLB, but Larry Doby of the Cleveland Indians and Hank Thompson of the St. Louis Browns also made in their debuts in 1947. The Boston Red Sox were the last team to become integrated, when Pumpsie Green took the field in 1959.
To interact with this visualization, click any of the blue bars to load a short video biography of a Hall of Fame player.
The data for this visualization was sourced from baseball-reference.com. You can click on the “About This Viz” tab for more information about the sources and how it was created.