This essay describes the encounter of a white, minor-league ballplayer, now an anthropologist, with segregation in the American South in the 1960s. As an autoethnography, it examines what Jim Crow practices meant for young professional baseball players, both black and white. It treats how the author came to the research topic and the consequences for himself and his career in writing a newspaper feature in 1967 about Jim Crow in the North Carolina town he played for, in which he accused the local police chief of being a member of the Ku Klux Klan.

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