Here’s your little piece of history for the day: Holman Stadium, where Don Newcombe and Roy Campanella broke the minor-league color line with the Nashua Dodgers, is now 75 years old.
Tom King has a nice look back at the historic facility, now home to the Nashua Silver Knights (summer collegiate; FCBL). King dwells on recent history, but we want to highlight one event that makes Holman Stadium so great: In 1946, Don Newcombe and Roy Campanella broke the Minor League Baseball color line while playing for the Nashua Dodgers of the old New England League. (Walter Alston was the team’s player-coach.) There were very few issues with the pair’s presence in professional baseball, and their efforts paved the way for Jackie Robinson.
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