Sunday, June 19, 2011
On June 18th, National Public Radio ran a story http://www.npr.org/2011/06/18/137265793/negro-leagues-players-honored-with-gravestones 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: www.nlbgmp.com 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
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".