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Black History Month

Today in black history: Bill White named MLB National League pres, first black student at University of Alabama and more

The Undefeated edition’s black facts for Feb. 3

1989 – Former St. Louis Cardinals first baseman Bill White was appointed president of MLB’s National League, making him the highest-ranking African-American in an executive position in any sports league at that time. White served in the role until 1994. He also played with the New York Giants, San Francisco Giants and Philadelphia Phillies.

1956 – University of Alabama admits first black student, Autherine J. Lucy. Her first day of class was on Feb. 3, but on Feb. 6 violent riots broke out on campus and she was expelled three days later “for her own safety” in response to threats from a mob. In 1992, Lucy graduated from the university with a master’s degree in education on the same day that her daughter, Grazia Foster, graduated with a bachelor’s degree in corporate finance.

1989 – Tennis player Lori McNeil defeats Chris Evert in the Pan Pacific Open in Tokyo.

Kelley Evans is a general editor at The Undefeated. She is a food passionista, helicopter mom and an unapologetic southerner who spends every night with the cast of The Young and the Restless by way of her couch.