Newcombe enhances Young's appreciation for Jackie

Updated: April 11, 2007, 12:35 PM ET
By Jeff Bradley | ESPN The Magazine

There he was, in the back of a bus, traveling the highways of the southern United States, a ballplayer who was learning about the deepest roots of racism in this country.

Now, who in their right mind believes they just read the beginning of a story about a young white man who grew up in the affluent Dallas suburb of Highland Park, Texas?

Didn't think so.

But this is the story of San Diego Padres right-hander Chris Young, who in the summer of 2002 sat all alone in the back of ...

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