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After 14 major league seasons, he wrote a book about Black pitchers and sang in nightclubs. “I made way more money in music than I did in baseball,” he said.
The 1953 protest in Baton Rouge, triggered by her ejection from a bus for sitting in a “whites only” section, became a template for Martin Luther King.
His agenda and reach, in government and out, extended from criminal justice to urban planning, though his constituency — prisoners, the homeless, the elderly and more — hardly knew his name.