Wendell Smith changed sports one column at a time


This February, Sports Illustrated is celebrating Black History Month by spotlighting a different iconic athlete or group of athletes every day. Today, SI looks back on the legacy of Wendell Smith.

The writer Wendell Smith helped integrate baseball, though he often had to sit in the stands instead of the press box, where he wasn’t always welcome as an African American. 

As sports editor for the Pittsburgh Courier, Smith wrote column after column admonishing professional sports leagues for discriminating against people of color. 

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