“I was all-state in four sports in New Jersey, but sometimes I couldn’t get served at a restaurant two blocks from my high school. There were no job opportunities then… the only thing a black youth could aspire to be was a bellboy or a pullman or an elevator operator, or, maybe, a teacher. There was a time when all we had was black baseball.”
– Monte Irvin, baseball star in the Negro League and then in the MLB
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“Monte Irvin: ‘the only thing a black youth could aspire to be was a bellboy'” source: Photograph of Monte taken circa 1953 – Wikimedia Commons, Wikimedia Foundation, https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Monte_Irvin_1953.jpg.