So I point out that the Red Sox have only two African Americans in a front office of 88 employees. The two were hired at least ten years before John Henry bought the team.
In the 1980s a scout and former player named Tommy Harper brought a wrongful termination/discrimination claim at MCAD. As a result the Sox entered into a comprehensive agreement related to minority hiring. The story received a lot of press at the time.
Anyway I’ve been pointing these numbers out most of the past seven or eight seasons and never seem to get much of a reaction from rabbit ear discriminations fans. Hmm
Instead I get the following from mark bernstein:
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Red Sox staff hiring is hardly our most pressing issue here, but today is Real Opening Day and a brief note might be in order.
That the Red Sox have a long and deeply troubled history of racial injustice, stretching back to the 40s and beyond, goes without saying. Nor is this completely separable from Boston’s own racial tensions — hostilities that once dominated city politics and that continue to resonate beneath the surface of local politics throughout the region. As for the Red Sox, they were slow to integrate the team, did the job ineptly, and then had a long history of alienating black players.
But the Red Sox as an organization have strengths as well as faults, and one of those strengths appears to be remarkable loyalty to extraordinarily long term employees. They kept the same switchboard operator for SIXTY years, from 1941 until she died in 2001. Johnny Pesky was a rookie in 1942 and worked as a coach, manager, instructor, broadcaster and whatnot until he died in 2012. I’m pretty sure there’s an usher who has been there for 30 years.
So, it’s not a bad thing that the clubhouse attendant joined them twenty years ago, or that they have the same lawyer today as in 1988. It’s a good thing. John Henry is responsible for lots, but not for the Yawkeys or for bussing.
Finally: we tend to think of big sports teams as large, important businesses. They’re not. Pro sports teams, in business terms, are about as big as a shopping mall anchor store; they get a lot of press, but they’re just not as important as people imagine.
markbernstein @ Mon 31 Mar 10:24 AM
What am I missing?