Cold Case: Season 3, Episode 4

Colors (16 Oct. 2005)

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Clyde Taylor, after winning the 1945 All-Star game for the Negro League (against the majors' All-Stars), was beaten to death with his own bat outside the stadium. Taylor became a legend as ... See full summary »



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Troy Cage - 1945
Ed Bernard ...
Moody Brown
Willie Dandridge - 2005
Troy Cage - 2005
Esther 'Legs' Davis - 2005
Clyde Taylor
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Willie Dandridge - 1945
Tyler Cage
Esther 'Legs' Davis - 1945


Clyde Taylor, after winning the 1945 All-Star game for the Negro League (against the majors' All-Stars), was beaten to death with his own bat outside the stadium. Taylor became a legend as the one who might have been chosen to break the "color line" in the major leagues. Jefferies' nephew challenges his uncle's cold case team to solve the crime now sixty years old ("What if it had been Babe Ruth?"). Envious, hostile white players and greedy Negro League owners, as well as the complications of a white girlfriend, are pieces of the puzzle. Written by jeaneva

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Clyde Taylor was murdered on August 12, 1945. See more »


The victim was a baseball player found murdered in 1945 in "Connie Mack Stadium". However, this name was used only from 1953 onwards and in 1945 would have been called Shibe Park. See more »


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The Negro League
1 February 2010 | by (New York) – See all my reviews

Thom Barry's nephew, a boy that loves baseball, is instrumental in the way the Cold Case team attempts to solve the mystery surrounding the killing of a young black baseball player who showed a promise to be the first one to break the "color line" in the major leagues. Clyde Taylor was found beaten to death outside the stadium. The killing weapon was, ironically, Clyde's own bat. Now some sixty years after the tragedy, the detectives set out to solve the crime.

Clyde had all the potential for fame, but there were things that got in his way. The white teams that played against the Negro stars, were envious of the skills their rivals showed. Such seemed to be the case of Tyler Cage, someone that showed his animosity clearly. His son, Troy Cage, was the bat boy of his father's team. He was around the principals during the time Clyde was killed, and now he is a valuable asset to the detectives.

Clyde's team coach, Crumbs, was found. The investigation wants him to tell them what he knew. He proves to be more deeply involved in the case than he owns up to. Also a young white woman, Esther "Legs" Davis, a dancer, was more involved with Clyde. She also had a secret of her own.

Paris Barclay, a frequent collaborator of the series, directed the screenplay by Sean Whitesell. Sometimes, when the period between the real crime and the actual investigation is more than sixty years, as it is in this episode, one has to make allowances because of the age of the surviving people, which in most cases are too old to offer any good leads, or who have been carrying the guilt of having committed the crime, themselves, such a long time ago.

Detective Valens shows his interest in Josie Sutton. She also has fallen deep for him, as they exchange glances at each other. Christina Hendricks, of "Mad Men", shows up as the younger "Legs" Davis. Sarah Brown and Danny Pino have some good moments.

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