February 21, 1966 Emmett Ashford becomes the f…

February 21, 1966

Emmett Ashford becomes the first African-American to be a major league umpire when the American League hires him. ‘Ash,’ known for his flashy style in the PCL, will spend five years in the majors, working the 1967 All-Star game and the 1970 World Series, before reaching the mandatory retirement age of 56.