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White Sox Purchase Hotel to Bypass Segregation in Florida

Nov. 9, 1961 - The Chicago White Sox erased any possible racial segregation problem in spring training today by purchasing the 117-room Sarasota Terrace Hotel at their Florida training base. The hotel purchase for $500,000 was announced as part of a sweeping plan to make Sarasota a year-round center for minor league as well as top-level White Sox activity. The Terrace, adjacent to Payne Field where the White Sox train, last year housed most of the Sox players, but four Negroes — Minnie Minoso (pictured), Al Smith, Juan Pizzaro, and Floyd Robinson — were quartered in a motel a mile away. Ed Short, the White Sox’ G.M. estimated that approximately 25 Negro players were included among some 150 of the Sox minor leaguers, who — like the White Sox players — will stay at the Terrace, but not until 1963.


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