James Holaday is a graduate student in the Department of History at North Carolina Central University. He earned an undergraduate degree in political science from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. One of James’ main interests is the history of baseball in the south, and he is currently writing his master’s thesis on the 1950s integration of the sport in North Carolina.
The St. Louis Cardinals’ efforts at integration began in 1953, when brewing company Anheuser-Busch bought the franchise. Company chairman August A. Busch Jr. soon realized that no black players on the field, meant very few black faces in the crowd. To remedy the situation, he … Read MoreTom Alston (1926-1993)