Sunday, June 19, 2011

Doing Good Through Baseball

On June 18th, National Public Radio ran a story describing the efforts of a passionate group of historians/baseball fans to recognize players from the Negro Leagues.  In addition to the NPR and NY Times links, their website: details their efforts.  To honor the struggles of prior generations by bringing attention to the injustices and perpetuating the memory of those who carried the burdens of a by-gone era is an inspirational story. 

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Must Read: Baseball and Integration

Rebecca Alpert has penned a well researched account of the effort to integrate major league baseball.  Moreover, she has given an accurate accounting of Izzy Muchnick's role in arranging for 3 members of the Negro Leagues (including Jackie Robinson) to "try out" for the Boston Red Sox in 1945 -- 2 years prior to JR's appearance in a game as a member of the Brooklyn Dodgers.  Check out her book entitled:  "Out of Left Field".