Perhaps what makes the speedster's accomplishment more significant is that the ball club he's playing for has a questionable history when it comes to diversity. Ellsbury broke a barrier with the Boston Red Sox, an organization littered with a history of racial prejudice.
Award-winning baseball writer Peter Gammons said Ellsbury's emergence, along with that of New York Yankee and Winnebago Indian Jaba Chamberlain, are great for the sport.
"Especially because (Jacoby) is such a good person, I would hope he and Jaba really push a lot of kids to try to make the big leagues," Gammons said.
For example, one story incorrectly reported Ellsbury's mother as a rug weaver, prompting a flurry of rug orders from strangers.
"She doesn't know the first thing about weaving," Emily said. "These reporters think we're all still herders. ... There are writers who are going to go about it wrong, and it just doesn't come out right."