NOV 2008: THE BASEBALL GURU ARTICLE FROM
Why is Major League baseball still promulgating the myth that Jackie Robinson was our first black to play ML ball. Baseball historians and SABR have been printing articles for years now that dispel that myth. The first black in the ML was Moses Fleetwood Walker, the second was his brother Welday and during the late 1800s when they both played, there were at least 80 blacks in the game. Period!
Boy Ive missed a lot of players who have been in the game. Would give anything to have seen Ruth, Gehrig, Cobb, Shoeless Joe, Delahanty, Wagner, Foxx, Greenberg, Moe Berg, Dean, Mathewson, Hubbell, Alex the Great, Three Fingered Brown, Speaker, Simmons, Charleston, Josh Gibson, Cool Poppa Bell, and probably a hundred more.
How can they destroy the Stadium? Nuf said!
Never went to EBBETTS FIELD when it was here in NY. Nuf said
I guess we have reached the point now where its apparent that Ichiro will be our first Japanese Hall of Famer.
When will there ever be a decent, FACTUAL film made about our baseball icons. At this point they all are pretty contemptible!
As a person who has written about Jews in the game and given talks at various venues on the subject, Its nice to see Ryan Braun and Kevin Youkilis doing so well.
If you love the game of baseball why should anyone complain about the games being much too long. I have no problem watching a game no matter how long it takes to complete.
known Fred Schulman for close to twenty years now. He first came to my attention
when I was giving talks on the game at the
I write a baseball magazine twenty years now and with all that (and this year in particular) I would say at least 60 to 70 % of the players playing today are not familiar to me and its getting worse!
of Yankee stadium
Ive seen wonderful games and players there
but one joy I had when I was younger had nothing to do with any of the above.
When the game was over we were allowed to go on the field itself to get to
the train to get home to the
Forget about organized baseball .here are two games not from the professional arena:
My nephew Jared is now the Sports Director of CBS radio. We went to one of his Little League games when he was quite young, and in the ninth inning he made a crucial error, two runs scored, and the opposing team went ahead 6-3. In the bottom of the ninth Jared came up with two outs and the bases loaded. The count went to 2 balls2 strikes and with all of his family (including myself) ready for the worst, he proceeded to hit a game winning grandslam.
Another Little league story. My 8 year old grandson Kyle was playing first base for the New City River Dogs who were playing against the New City Scrappers that day. With runners on first and third, the batter hit a popup over fist base, kyle went darting back, caught it, tagged the runner leading off first, and then went running over to third, and stepped on the bag because the runner had not tagged up, for an unassisted triple play. It was the first unassisted triple play in the history of New City Little League and I imagine in most other LL as well
Two great games!