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Timeline of Diversity in Major League Baseball

  1. Jackie Robinson takes first base for the Brooklyn Dodgers at Ebbets Field, thus breaking Baseball's color barrier.

    April 1947

  2. Larry Doby makes his debut for the Cleveland Indians, thus breaking the American League's color barrier.

    July 1947

  3. Frank Robinson debuts for the Cleveland Indians as the first African-American manager in Baseball history.

    April 1975

  4. Bill Lucas, Atlanta Braves VP of Player Personnel, assumes GM duties, thus becoming the first African-American General Manager in Baseball history.

    Sept. 1976

  5. Former Major Leaguer and Scout John Young starts Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities (RBI) program in Los Angeles. Administration of the national program is assumed by MLB in 1991.

    1989

  6. Elaine Weddington-Steward becomes the first woman to be named Assistant General Manager in Baseball history when she is given the role by the Boston Red Sox.

    1990

  7. Kim Ng becomes the youngest person, and the first woman, to present a salary arbitration case in the Major Leagues as a member of the White Sox front office.

    1995

  8. The Diverse Business Partners program was created to be an economically-driven business initiative designed to cultivate new and existing partnerships with minority-, women-, LGBTQ- and veteran-owned businesses.

    1998

  9. Omar Minaya becomes the first Hispanic General Manager in Baseball history when he is named to the role by the Montreal Expos.

    2002

  10. The first MLB Youth Academy opens in Compton, California.

    2006