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  1. Hi,

    I don’t know if you can help me.

    My Grandfather was Bud Mahon, long time city Treasurer of Hartford until 1978. I remember his telling me stories of baseball in Hartford, the Twilight League etc.

    He also spoke of how the teams were integrated well in advance of MLB.

    Would you know a good source to find out more about the integration issue.

    My son is doing a report on his great grandfather (Bud), and having just finished a segment on civil rights in the US, I thought it might be a nice segue to connect the two.

    Thanks for any help you might be able to give me.

    Regards,

    Jon Golnik

  2. I don’t know much about the subject so I contacted a friend who has some knowledge of Hartford’s baseball history. He said that he remembered Bud. He also indicated that the story of Hartford’s baseball integration has yet to be written but it is indeed a lively story. Both with instances of being integrated and segregated. It was not a smooth line of progression in the Capitol City.

    While there is no single resource for digging up the information, there are books on the general topic of baseball and integration.

    He advised checking Hartford’s attempts in the online Hartford Courant. He also suggested trying to contact SABR and see if someone there might be willing to help.

    I wish I could be of more assistance. Best of luck.

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