Well true, he didn't hit him in the head AND he may not have said those words from the mound BUT he did hit JR in the wrist . Was it intentional? No one knows... but Fritz Ostermueller did make some racial comments to his team mates and many thought it intentional. Was he just claiming his 1/2 of the plate as he said and got one too close ? Who knows- only Ostermueller could answer fully that. Rest is here say.

Regardless, JR took a lot of abuse... I'm sure there was much more than in the movie.
AND there's still much racism alive today ... just not so blatant !
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David (OFI)