Dexter Fowler, First Black Cubs Player In The World Series: “I Couldn’t Be More Proud To Represent Jackie Robinson”
If you don’t know by now, you really should read more – the Chicago Cubs are the World Series Champions, 108 years after their last Series win.
But, more importantly, the Wrigley Field team’s center fielder and leadoff hitter Dexter Fowler became the first Black player to play for the Cubs in a World Series.
In the 1945 World Series game, Black people weren’t allowed to play. That was two years before the legendary Jackie Robinson shook up the game as the first Black player in the major leagues.
In an extra-inning thriller, the Cubs beat the Cleveland Indians to take home the title Wednesday night.
And if Fowler’s history-making strides weren’t already enough, he solidified his legacy by hitting a homer in his first at-bat in the Game 7 matchup.
“It’s a random fact I stumbled across on Twitter,” Fowler wrote on his Instagram page last week. He’s speaking about being the first Black man at bat for the Cubs in the Series.
It’s a random fact I stumbled on Twitter. You know people love tweeting random facts. I love reading them… This one struck me the most because I am a Minority A minority in the US, and in baseball in general. To be the first black man to be at bat for the Cubs in the World Series… ever?! It’s an honor I couldn’t be more proud to represent the @Cubs, Jackie Robinson, who fought for my right to play, and for other black boys across America that are hoping to be in my shoes one day. #fowlershowlers