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Robinson wins 1st game of two black managers
By Larry Schwartz
Special to

June 27, 1989

Two years after Al Campanis made a fool of himself on "Nightline," baseball history is made when Frank Robinson's Baltimore Orioles defeat Cito Gaston's Toronto Blue Jays 16-6 in the first major-league game to pit two black managers.

"It's very sad that it's taken so long," says Robinson. "There has been significant progress in minority hiring, but there's still a long way to go in management positions. ... When there are four or five black managers, then it won't be a big deal."

Gaston says, "It's great to be a part of history. But it's (also) just another game. Without a doubt it's important. But I didn't wake up this morning thinking about it."

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