Correct me if I'm wrong, but if the Giants win, won't Dusty Baker be the first African-American to successfully pilot a team to a World Series title? I believe he is the first African-American to even manage in the Series. The only other minority World Series manager that I can remember is Cito Gaston (Toronto 1992-1993), who is Latin (born in San Antonio).
With all the hoopla, I wonder why we haven't heard this-at least I haven't. Maybe it's a sign that we've progressed as a society past the point where these labels mean anything. Well, at least everyone but me, I guess.