WBGO FEATURE: HOME-RUN INTERVIEW WITH 102-YR-OLD JOHN ELLERBEE

John Ellerbee, a player on the Paterson Smart Set, was part of the Hinchliffe story in the 1930s and 1940s, before the Robinson/Doby breakthrough....

Long before Robinson and Doby broke the color-barrier in the majors, black baseball was a major cultureal phenomenon, and some of the best was played at Hinchliffe Stadium. Hear 102-yr-old John Ellerbee--and his daughter, a retired Paterson schoolteacher-- talk about how it was playing ball and being black in Paterson in the days of Jim Crow.

One particular detail both talk about is very striking--the difference between Paterson and the so-called \"sundown towns\" of New Jersey, like Toms River.

You can hear this and other podcasts uploaded by WBGO\'s Doug Doyle in his \"Sportsjam\" series, where great black players tell it like it was, back when you couldn\'t say \"Jackie Robinson\" and mean the major leagues. Thanks, Doug Doyle, for this fantastic series.