Emmett L. Ashford becomes the first African-American umpire in organized (Major League) baseball.
Ashford had served as an umpire in games when he was asked to fill in for a no-show umpire. He was serving in the Navy when he heard the news that Jackie Robinson had broken the color barrier into baseball and at that moment he wanted to become the first black umpire. He was known for his interaction with the crowds between innings. He wore shined shoes, a suit and flashy jewelry, a style that was unheard of for umpires. The Sporting News stated that "For the first time in the history of the grand old American game, baseball fans may buy a ticket to watch an umpire perform.”