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Bigot unwittingly sparked change

Jake Powell's racist words started a dialogue in segregated baseball

Updated: February 22, 2014, 12:27 AM ET
By Steve Wulf | ESPN.com

He batted in the middle of an order that included Joe DiMaggio, Lou Gehrig, Bill Dickey and Tony Lazzeri. He was a ballhawk in center, a threat to steal on the bases and a .455 hitter in the 1936 World Series, when the Yankees beat the Giants of Carl Hubbell, Mel Ott and Bill Terry in six games.

But Jake Powell should be less remembered for what he did on the baseball field than for what he said during a dugout interview before a Yankee game at Chicago's Comiskey Park on ...

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