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50 years ago, Ozzie Virgil made baseball history

Originally Published: September 22, 2006
By Enrique Rojas | ESPNdeportes.com

No fanfare, announcements or big expectations. Almost silently. That's how Osvaldo Virgil made his major league debut on Sept. 23, 1956, for the New York Giants at the Polo Grounds.

On Saturday, the 50th anniversary of the arrival of the first Dominican ballplayer in the majors also will happen without a major celebration. Although Virgil's arrival changed baseball radically, it will barely be mentioned in either the U.S. or the Dominican Republic. But Virgil hasn't forgotten.

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