February 14, 1957 Ten years after the integrat…

February 14, 1957

Ten years after the integration of major league baseball, the Georgia Senate unanimously approves Leon Butts’ bill prohibiting African-Americans from playing baseball with caucasians except at religious gatherings. The legislator’s bill, which carries fines up to a $1000 and imprisonment for 60 days to a year for committing the misdemeanor, will directly impact the minor league spring training centers of the Braves and Cardinals, whose players workout in Waycross and Albany, Georgia, respectively.