On March 18, 1942; Jackie Robinson and Nate Moreland requested a tryout with the Chicago White Sox during the team’s spring training in Pasadena, California. Reluctantly, Jimmy Dykes allowed both to go through a workout on the field, but neither was offered a contract. Everyone knows that Robinson went on to sign with the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1945 and in 1947 became the First African American since the 20th Century began to play Major League baseball.
But what happened to Nathaniel Edmund Moreland? Before the tryout with the White Sox, the 6’1’’ right hander pitched in the Negro Leagues for the Baltimore Elite Giants (1940) and also in the Mexican League (1941). After the White Sox tryout, he spent the remainder of his career in the Mexican League and the Class C minor leagues; except in 1945 when he played once again with the Elite Giants.