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Raising the Roof
Finally, African-Americans managing America's Game
ABC Sports Online


Both the American League and National League Managers of the Year last season were African-Americans. Dusty Baker of the San Francisco Giants won for the third time in 2000 since being named a Major League manager in 1992. Jerry Manuel, who has only been a Major League manager for three years, won the A.L. honor this past season with the Chicago White Sox.

Althea Gibson
Dusty Baker is the only African-American in baseball history to win Manager of the Year three times.

Manuel uses the wisdom of Martin Luther King Jr. and Gandhi mixed in with some Felipe Alou and Jim Leyland to work miracles with the White Sox. With interviews from players, coaches, owners, family and Frank Robinson, the first African-American to manage in the Major Leagues, ABC Sports will tell the personal stories of these talented managers during the "Raising the Roof" special. You will see and hear what they've had to overcome and how they have succeeded in a baseball job so totally dominated by whites.

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