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Umpire Emmett Ashford, 1970
By STARS AND STRIPES Published: July 8, 2020
Joe Wesley ©Stars and Stripes
Wiesbaden, West Germany, January, 1970: Emmett Ashford, major league baseball's first African American umpire, leads a session at the 1970 USAFE baseball clinic at Wiesbaden Air Base. Ashford, a World War II Navy veteran, umpired in the minor leagues for 15 years before finally getting his chance at the big time in 1966.
Stars and Stripes' 1970 story about umpire Emmett Ashford.