Is the Texas manager helping lure African Americans back to baseball?

(Tri-State Defender) While it may be a stretch to say that Texas Rangers manager Ron Washington is single-handedly luring a new mass of African Americans to the nation’s pastime, the conversation is legit.

Washington’s passionate and extremely effective leadership has caught the attention of many within the African-American community who may not have followed baseball in the past, or sports overall, for that matter.

One of two African-Americans managing a Major League Baseball team, Washington has the Rangers in the World Series for the second straight year. If Texas were to win, Washington would join Cito Gaston (Toronto, 1992, 1993) as the only African Americans to skipper a World Series champion.

“I have had much respect on how the Rangers have given Mr. Washington the great opportunity within the Rangers organization,” said Rangers’ fan Tamara Johnson. “His back story, along with some of the other players living testimonies, reminds me that your life off the field is just as important as your life on the field.”

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