Brooklyn Dodgers player Joe Black became the first black pitcher to win a World Series game on Oct. 1, 1952. The right-hand reliever actually pitched the series opener against the New York Yankees, tossing a six-hitter in the 4-2 victory. The Dodgers, however, would lose the series 4-3. The former Negro Leagues player was also named Rookie of the Year in 1952. Black, 78, died in 2002.