February 10, 1971 The Yankees announce Bill Wh…

February 10, 1971

The Yankees announce Bill White will join Phil Rizzuto and Frank Messer on the WPIX broadcast team, becoming the first African-American to do play-by-play regularly for a major-league baseball team. The former All-Star first baseman will stay in the booth for 18 seasons, leaving in 1989 to replace Bart Giamatti as president of the National League when Giamatti was elected as Commissioner of Baseball.