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Pedro Sierra looks back with pride on his time playing in the Negro Leagues

Pedro Sierra looks back with pride on his time playing in the Negro Leagues

Twelve-hour road trips on hot, stuffy buses. Hostile hotels that turned "his kind" away. Crude taunts from baseball fans aimed at getting under his skin.

Yes, Pedro Sierra said, he would do it again.

"I am proud to have played in the Negro Leagues," said Sierra, 77. "To me, it's the most important chapter in the history of baseball in America. I ride on the shoulders of those who came before me, like Jackie Robinson and Larry Doby, whose burning desire opened doors for the rest of us."

A pitcher, Sierra played in the 1950s, in the wake of baseball's integration, in the then-fading Negro Leagues with hopes, somehow, of reaching the majors. He...

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