CHICAGO — When Dexter Fowler likely steps to the plate at 7:08 p.m. Tuesday (that's 1908 military time), he will become the first black Cubs player to compete in the World Series.
Fowler on Twitter Sunday wrote he was "speechless" when he head about the fact.
Wow... speechless. Thanks for sharing this fact. I will carry it with me https://t.co/OkcHe5sx15— Dexter Fowler (@DexterFowler) October 23, 2016
The last time the Cubs were in the World Series, 1945, there weren't even black players in Major League Baseball. Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier with the Brooklyn Dodgers on April 15, 1947.
How appropriate that the first Cub to play in the WS will be a black man (Dexter Fowler) - they weren't even allowed to play the last time.— Rany Jazayerli (@jazayerli) October 23, 2016
"Mr. Cub" Ernie Banks was the first black player to don a Cubs jersey in 1953. He played 19 years for the Cubs, but never reached the World Series. His closest call came in 1969, when the Cubs collapsed late in the season and lost the pennant to the New York Mets.
Banks died on Jan. 23, 2015 at age 83.
Banks for the ninth black player to ever compete in the majors.
Think about this: Cause it's been so long...When Dexter Fowler steps to the plate he will be the first black player to play is WS for #Cubs.— Laurence Holmes (@LaurenceWHolmes) October 24, 2016
The Cubs are looking for their first World Series title since 1908. The Indians haven't won a major league title since 1948. Games 1 and 2 are in Cleveland; 3-5 are at Wrigley Field; and 6-7 back in Ohio.
Fowler is the likely leadoff hitter for the Cubs for Game 1. In 10 postseason games this year, he has 11 hits and 4 RBIs.
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