Originally posted on mlb.com  |  Last updated 2/17/12

TORONTO - JULY 9: (L-R) Cito Gaston of the Toronto Blue Jays and manager Tony LaRussa of the Oakland Atheltics look on during batting practice prior to the1991 All-Star Game at the Toronto Sky Dome on July 9, 1991 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Rick Stewart/Getty Images)
Cito Gaston helped put Toronto on the map with a pair of World Series championships and four American League East titles in the late 1980s and early 1990s. But often overlooked is that Gaston also was a crusader for racial issues during those times, and became just the fourth African-American manager in baseball history when he was promoted by the Blue Jays in 1989.
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