June 9, 1955: The Reds trade Bob Borkowski to the Dodgers for Joe Black, who becomes the Reds first African-American pitcher.
Black starred as a rookie for the Dodgers in 1952 with a 15-4 record and a 2.15 ERA, but that was his last taste of success in the majors. He was 8-4 with 5 saves and a 4.34 ERA in Cincinnati.Ã‚Â
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