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    More On: 2020 olympics Olympics shocker: American track star stunningly falls short Simone Biles’ replacement wins improbable medal before retiring Olympic boxer stages wild protest after headbutting disqualification US captures gold medal in golf For the first time in its Olympic history, the Israeli baseball team has won a game. A three-run home run from former Minnesota Twin Danny Valencia helped seal a 12-5 victory over Mexico on Sunday. “I don’t think it’s so much about beating Mexico.” Israel coach and catcher Nick Rickles said of the win. “I think it’s a lot to just raise awareness for baseball in Israel. For me, I was just taking in the moment and seeing after the game the amount of love that we received from people back in Israel. We had messages on top of messages from people just saying thank you.” The win also marked the country’s first team win at the Olympics since 1968 — 20 years after it gained independence from Britain. Israel bounced back from losses to South Korea and the US to keep its Olympic...
    The Cleveland Indians announced a new nickname they will go by starting at the end of the 2021 season. The organization chose to move away from its longtime Native American moniker and decided on the Cleveland Guardians as a replacement. The team had been known as the Indians for more than 100 years. While the name change was cheered and touted across baseball, there were some outliers who opposed the nickname even locally.  CLICK HERE FOR MORE SPORTS COVERAGE ON FOXNEWS.COM Portage County, Ohio, Sheriff Bruce Zuchowski blasted the name change in a lengthy statement on Sunday posted to Facebook. He said his wife, who is of Cherokee and Blackfoot American Indian decent, and her relatives never viewed the Indians name as problematic. Zuchowski said he felt "compelled" to make a statement even though he hasn’t watched professional sports in three years. "For the past few days, the release has been weighing heavy on my mind with disappointment and hopelessness. I thought back to the roots of baseball - an American family tradition. Sometimes referred to as America's National Pastime,...
    DENVER (CBS4) – The Five Points Business Improvement District is celebrating Black baseball players who once swung a bat at what is now known as Sonny Lawson Park. It was part of the festivities surrounding the MLB All-Star Game. (credit: CBS) “The Negro League is a part of our Black history,” said LaSheita Sayer, a board member of the Five Points Business Improvement District. “Sonny Lawson was a destination where the Negro League played as a part of their network. So, what we’re trying to do is acknowledge the significance that still exists here in Five Points.” READ MORE: MLB Announces Largest Commitment With $100 Million To Encourage Black Participation Cutouts of Negro League players were on display at Sonny Lawson Park. Jazz music along Welton Street provided a soundtrack for spectators. “We set out to find a way to attract some of the baseball players coming in, the attendees coming in for the baseball game, to have another alternative for something to do, to come and explore other parts of Denver.” (credit: CBS) James and Lisa Carberry made the...
    DENVER -- Shohei Ohtani will be the American League's starting pitcher in Tuesday's night's All-Star Game and will bat leadoff, too, as the designated hitter in another landmark for the two-way Japanese sensation.A 27-year-old in his fourth major league season with the Los Angeles Angels, Ohtani is the first two-way starter in the history of the All-Star Game, which began in 1933."I was actually not expecting to be chosen as a pitcher at all," Ohtani said Monday through a translator. "It's a huge honor and I'm going to try my best."Ohtani has generated huge buzz across baseball for his exploits at the plate and on the mound. He leads the majors with 33 home runs and is 4-1 with a 3.49 ERA in 13 starts."This is what the fans want to see," said AL manager Kevin Cash of Tampa Bay.The AL's starting lineup for the showcase at Coors Field was announced Monday. The National League lineup announcement was to follow.Ohtani was elected to start at DH by fans and was voted to the AL pitching staff by fellow players. He's...
    DENVER, Colo. (CBS4) – While All-Star Week is about celebrating the best players in the major leagues, it’s also a time many fans look back at baseball’s history. On the other side of 20th and Blake Street from Coors Field is a museum dedicated to baseball’s past, and for many people it’s been hidden in plain sight for more than a decade. Raelee Frazier, manager of National Ballpark Museum, left, welcomes baseball fans on July 2. (credit: Hyoung Chang/MediaNews Group/The Denver Post via Getty Images) “This is baseball heaven,” said founder Bruce Hellerstein. READ MORE: Mountain Lion Found Under Deck Deep In The Heart Of Denver Area The National Ballpark Museum is a true baseball nerd’s paradise. The 1,500 square foot space, owned and curated by Hellerstein, who grew up in Denver, is jam packed with some of the most rare and unique memorabilia from America’s pastime. LINK: ballparkmuseum.com According to Hellerstein, it’s the only museum dedicated to baseball’s 14 classic ballparks, including Ebbets Field and Shibe Park. Chairs, bricks and even turnstiles from the original ballparks can be found...
    German Launch Startup Pitches ‘Taxi’ to Space: Catalyst Update Asian markets pull back ahead of U.S. jobs report The Mississippi State baseball team fell 1.2 innings short of a historic combined no-hitter. They'll settle for the first NCAA team championship in Bulldogs history. © Provided by Yahoo! Sports 143 years after its founding, Mississippi State has its first team championship. (Photo by Justin Tafoya/NCAA Photos via Getty Images) Riding a dominant showing on both offense and defense, Mississippi State defeated Vanderbilt 9-0 in Game 3 of the 2021 College World Series to capture the school's first baseball title, and the school's first title in any team sport overall.  .@hailstatebb HAS DONE IT! Mississippi State wins its first national title in school history ???? pic.twitter.com/mkXiZU2Tvb— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) July 1, 2021 By the first inning, the Bulldogs were in the lead. By seventh inning, the only question remaining was if they would celebrate their win with or without the first combined no-hitter in College World Series history. That was eventually answered in the eighth inning, when Vanderbilt shortstop Carter Young hit...
    An opportunity for the California Dawgs 12-and-under baseball team to play in a tournament at the Cooperstown All Star Village in New York was lost last summer when the pandemic wiped out virtually all youth sports activity from coast to coast. To make up for it, organizers in Cooperstown invited the Lamorinda-based Dawgs and other teams from across the country to return to the area this year for an inaugural 13-and-under wood bat tournament held earlier this month. “It was fun, a good change of pace,” Dawgs player Cody Michlitsch said of using wood bats instead of aluminum. “We had to make some adjustments, but it was fun. It also makes a nice sound off the bat.” Dawgs coach Tony Dudum said each player brought along two or three wooden bats and purchased others after they arrived in the Cooperstown area. “Any time there was a hit or a foul ball, the kids got excited. ‘Hey, did you break your bat?’” said Dudum, a Campolindo High graduate who now lives in Lafayette. “It was a great...
    SAN JOSE — When Easton Kreshell crushed his third homer in as many games over the left-center field wall, it was the culmination of a rapid week of work on his swing. Kreshel’s two-run blast broke open a tied game, and Valley Christian never relinquished its lead on its way to a fourth straight CCS baseball championship, 6-5, over Archbishop Mitty. Two innings later, coach John Diate was fighting back tears after sophomore reliever Alec Belardes survived a final rally by Archbishop Mitty and was swarmed by his teammates. The championship was Diate’s 10th in 32 seasons as a coach. Diate, who has worn No. 10 since he played at Valley Christian before it was a baseball power, said it holds a special place in his heart. “My nickname’s ‘Ten.’ My own kids make fun of me because I have this obsession with the number 10,” Diate said, after celebrating the win with a kiss with his wife, Kelly. “For us to get our 10th (CCS championship) is pretty cool.” Kreshel’s long ball was the biggest blow...
    Southern Charms Madison LeCroy Goes Instagram Official With Mystery Boyfriend Z Capital’s Affinity Gaming, Sports Info Group Plan to Merge The Cleveland Indians are in the process of renaming their club. President of baseball operations Chris Antonetti said it's a more complicated affair than many realize.  © Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports Cleveland Indians president of baseball operations Chris Antonetti admits renaming the franchise is a long and arduous process. "I have come to understand just how complex that process is," Antonetti said Sunday, according to Daryl Ruiter of Cleveland's 92.3 The Fan. "It's taken an extraordinary amount of work from people throughout the organization to help us move that forward." Cleveland is putting together a list of names and assessing them for trademarks and copyrights. The franchise challenged trademark applications for several names, including the Natives, Warriors, Foresters, Guardians, Cleveland Baseball Club, Heroes and Squires.  According to USPTO records the Cleveland #Indians Baseball Co LLC already owns trademark rights to: Blues, Naps & Bronchos (previous & unrelated to name change). They're challenging applications for Natives, Foresters, Warriors, Guardians, Cleveland...
    Multiple people rescued from stopped coaster How to get more rural kids to college? Universal broadband would help © Provided by CBS Sports Minnesota Twins third baseman Josh Donaldson scored the two millionth run in Major League Baseball history on Saturday, crossing the plate on a Nelson Cruz ground-rule double during their game against the Kansas City Royals. MLB entered Saturday 13 runs shy of the mark, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. Here's the milestone run: Ope! pic.twitter.com/aYkRRfA0Ho— Minnesota Twins (@Twins) May 29, 2021While Elias and MLB will both recognize Donaldson's run as the two millionth, it's worth noting that not everyone agrees on that number. Baseball Reference, for instance, had the two millionth run being scored some time ago, as David Waldstein of the New York Times explained: A reason for the discrepancy is that M.L.B. traces its origin to the 1876 National League season. That's a lot of baseball games, and there have been debates about which leagues and years should be counted. There are also questions over protested games, no-decisions and forfeits. Fresh research occasionally...
    Joe West celebrated a big night on Tuesday, but baseball fans don’t give a damn. Umpire Joe West set a new MLB record for most games worked, but that didn’t stop baseball fans from airing their grievances. When he stood behind home plate tonight, West surpassed Hall of Famer Bill Klem’s 80-year-old umpiring record. Some say that it is almost mathematically impossible for West’s record to get broken in the modern day MLB. One thing is for sure: no matter how many games you umpire, you’ll never be able to win over all the baseball fans. Next: Dodgers fans protest near Minute Maid Park
    Yankees’ teammates congratulate Corey Kluber: ‘Baseball history!’ Andres Chavez May 20, 2021 ShareTweetFlipRedditIn a masterful performance against his old team, New York Yankees’ starter Corey Kluber threw a no-hit, no-run against the Texas Rangers on Wednesday night, sparking the Bombers’ 2-0 win in a night in which offense was scarce. Kluber’s teammates with the Yankees celebrated the accomplishment both in the field and via social media, amazed at the veteran right-hander’s form. “Congratulations on the no hitter and thank you for allowing me to be a part of an incredibly special night I will never forget!” were the words of Yankees’ catcher Kyle Higashioka, who was there for the whole game. Kluber threw the 12th no-hitter in Yankees’ history, and the first since 1999. It was a night to remember, and there is no doubt about it. “Wow what a moment to be a part of! Congrats @CKluber on the no hitter!!” Yankees infielder Tyler Wade, who hit an important extra-base hit last night, wrote in his official Twitter account. Jonathan...
    The only weakness in Shohei Ohtani's incredible two-way game these days is his control, and it's bugging the Los Angeles Angels' star. Although Ohtani is off to a superb start to a season with no analogue in the past baseball century, he has walked 19 batters in his four mound appearances. Ohtani has fully emerged as one of the best hitters and also one of the most intriguing starting pitchers in baseball early in his fourth big league season. He's still a meticulous perfectionist with no real hobbies or interests outside of getting better — and video games, of course. CLICK HERE FOR MORE SPORTS COVERAGE ON FOXNEWS.COM So while he piles up homers (a major league-leading 10, with his bat) and strikeouts (30, with his arm) even more quickly than Babe Ruth did when he first joined the Yankees as a two-way player 101 years ago, Ohtani is also searching for the reasons behind his wayward control — particularly in the first inning, when he has issued eight of those walks. "I think I’m just trying to rush everything...
    Max Scherzer had the Yankees swinging a missing a bunch early on Saturday, as he quickly joined a select group of pitchers. After a down 2020 season, at least by his standards, Max Scherzer is back pitching more like a Cy Young Candidate this year (2.54 ERA through six starts entering Saturday). But as the Washington Nationals sit with a 13-15 record, the idea he could be traded in the final year of his contract has been out there. Scherzer took the hill in the Bronx Saturday afternoon hoping to give the Nationals two straight wins over the Yankees.Max Scherzer quickly entered elite companyThrough four innings, Scherzer struck out 10 Yankee hitters among his first 12 outs. It was quickly the 100th double-digit strikeout game of his career. In the process, the Nationals ace joined some very prestigious company. Update: Through seven innings, Scherzer had 14 strikeouts and zero walks while allowing one run on two hits. Max Scherzer has 10 K in 4 innings so far today. He joins Nolan Ryan, Randy Johnson, Roger Clemens and Pedro Martínez as the...
    The Milwaukee Brewers were victims of what has to be one of the worst calls ever made.  If you were looking for the worst call in baseball history, first base umpire Marty Foster just delivered. In Wednesday game between the Brewers and Marlins, umpire Marty Foster called pitcher Zack Godley for interference after he fielded a grounder by Isan Diaz and tossed it to first base. The interference occurred when — well, there wasn’t any clear interference anywhere to be seen. Diaz was running on infield grass and came close to running into Godley, but that was after the out was already seemingly made. There was a a good ten steps between Diaz and the first base bag when the ball was caught, and both Godley and Vogelbach were getting ready to walk off the field. Somehow seeing it in action is even worse than listening to how ridiculous it sounds. Isan Diaz was literally running on the grass and was out by 10 feet. Unbelievably horrible call. #UmpShow pic.twitter.com/LDEQJ5rDeI — Sam Kuffel (@SamKuffelWx) April 28, 2021 Calling this the...
    Shohei Ohtani in Japan Yuki Taguchi/MLB Photos Shohei Ohtani became the first pitcher since Babe Ruth to start a game as the home run leader.  Ohtani's path to making 'Ruthian' baseball history dates back to his career in Japan prior to 2018. A propaganda film made by Japanese baseball executives helped convince Ohtani to follow that path. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. Shohei Ohtani is breaking down 100-year-old barriers in baseball, and it probably wouldn't be possible if American scouts had their way.  On Monday, the Los Angeles Angels phenom became the first player since Babe Ruth in 1921 to start a game at pitcher while leading MLB in home runs. Ohtani is batting .300 with 14 extra-base hits, including seven homers while sporting a 3.29 ERA with 23 strikeouts and just 13 walks.—MLB (@MLB) April 26, 2021  MLB hasn't seen a player excel as a pitcher and hitter in its modern era the way Ohtani has, and that's because the game usually doesn't allow for it. American baseball coaches at the college and minor league...
    Fred Hamptons son and widow, on Judas and the Black Messiah, the Oscars and preserving Black Panther legacy Lawmakers brace for bitter fight over Biden tax plan © Provided by Sports Illustrated With 50 strikeouts, deGrom passed Shane Bieber and Nolan Ryan for the most punch-outs in a player's first four starts in big-league history.View the original article to see embedded media.At this point, every Jacob deGrom outing is appointment television. The two-time Cy Young Award winner was in peak form Friday night against the Nationals, tossing his second career shutout with a career-high 15 strikeouts. That brings his season punch-out total to 50, breaking the previous record of 48 for most strikeouts in a player's first four outings held by Shane Bieber (2021) and Nolan Ryan (1978). Because he can do no wrong, deGrom also went 2-for-4 at the plate with an RBI double. He's 6-for-11 on the season and has a hit in every game he's played in, and has scored more runs (three) than earned runs given up (one). Video: Is it Too Early to be...
    This week, Inside the Clubhouse looks at the Dodgers and Padres first series, the Cubs hitting rock bottom, the best pitchers in this young season and more. The first Dodgers–Padres series has been circled on everyone’s calendars since Major League Baseball released the 2021 schedule. It somehow exceeded all expectations. The Phillies insist that it is too early to overreact to Moore’s slow start, but they signed him to stabilize their rotation. He has done anything but that early on and if his struggles continue, there are no easy answers to replace him. Vince Velasquez could be an option, but his inconsistencies last season were a primary reason the Phillies felt the need to sign Anderson and Moore. It would appear unlikely that top prospect Spencer Howard is an option as president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski has said that he is on a strict innings limit. This would be an ideal time for the Phillies to have Walker or Odorizzi in their arsenal. Of course, the team lost most of its financial flexibility this season once it signed J.T....
    There’s plenty of controversy at Citi Field, as the New York Mets beat the Marlins on a ridiculous walk-off hit by pitch.  Thursday’s tilt between the New York Mets and Miami Marlins is going to be talked about for the rest of the year, but for all the wrong reasons. That’s because the Mets were just gifted a win in one of the worst calls you’ll ever see. With the bases loaded in the bottom of the ninth, New York’s Michael Conforto was at the dish. Well, on a 1-2 count, he clearly leaned in and was hit by a pitch. The ump completely blew the call, though, and gave New York the victory. Unreal. Michael Conforto leans into strike 3, and is given a walk off HBP which was reviewed and upheld pic.twitter.com/U2lCBikyGO — Bad Sports Refs (@BadSportsRefs) April 8, 2021 The Mets were gifted a win on one of the worst calls you’ll ever seeAs you can see from the video above, Conforto clearly leaned into the strike zone on that delivery from Miami pitcher Anthony Bass. Even...
    Report: Former NFL player Phillip Adams named as suspect in deadly South Carolina shooting Why global tax talks are back on the agenda PHOENIX — Paw Paw and his RV, traveling 4 ½ days and 1,700 miles from Mobile, Alabama, will be proudly sitting at Chase Field on Friday at the Arizona Diamondbacks’ home opener. MLB All-Star Game finds new home after leaving Atlanta Pocono Record See more videos SHARE SHARE TWEET SHARE EMAIL What to watch next Winning Weather for Orioles Home Opener in Baltimore WBFF Baltimore Five questions on the series-clinching win against the Cubs with Woodruff, Cain and Counsell Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel WrestleMania in Tampa to allow 25,000 in-person fans NBC News A look back at the first Astros game played in the Astrodome ABC 13 Houston Roman Reigns on beating cancer and WrestleMania TODAY Ryan Wagner Talks About What Orioles Fans Bring To The Stadium CBS Baltimore What White Sox fans can expect at ballpark this year ABC 7 Chicago ...
    (CBS Local)- Cam Perron’s story of befriending and then helping former Negro League players obtain their deserved recognition and pensions from Major League Baseball has been covered across media platforms through the years. He has appeared in local papers, on HBO’s Real Sports and more telling the story of his friendships with these living legends and his role in bringing hundreds of them together for reunions in Birmingham, Alabama through the years. Now, Perron is telling his story in his own words with a new book Comeback Season: My Unlikely Story of Friendship with the Greatest Living Negro League Baseball Players that is now available for sale. “A lot of the former baseball players that I’ve been friends with and interviewed over the years are starting to pass away. We’ve opened a museum in Birmingham, Alabama dedicated to the preservation of the Negro League,” Perron said in an interview with CBS Local’s Ryan Mayer. “We’ve now had annual reunions for almost ten years now where we’ve had hundreds of players congregate at these reunions over the years. So I think...
    New York : Despaigne left Orestes Destrade behind. Photo: Chung Sung-Jun / . In the early morning of this Sunday, Cuban Alfredo Despaigne made history, by becoming the Cuban player with the most full-turn hits in Japanese baseball history. The Hawks Softbank slugger hit a fastball in the eighth inning with a player on board that gave his team the advantage, and also allowed him to obtain a new achievement in the Japanese league. デ ス パ イ ネ 選手 の 逆 転 2 ラ ン ホ ー ム ラ ン !!#sbhawks pic.twitter.com/7aSPLcAJq8 – 福岡 ソ フ ト バ ン ク ホ ー ク ス (公式) (@HAWKS_official) March 28, 2021 Was the home run 161 of Despaigne, a figure that he has accumulated over a little more than six years in the Japanese nation, playing for two franchises: Marines Chiba Lotte and Hawks Softbank. The Cuban slugger was “honored by this new achievement.” At 34, “Despa” has plenty of career to increase the number of homers. The 200 home runs should already be in the...
    More from: Phil Mushnick Charles Barkey missing his own hypocrisy in spot-on E.J. Liddell abuse rant March Madness ignores NCAAs most disturbing truths Marvin Hagler part of biggest sporting event I witnessed The late Joe Tait could have been NY sports radio legend The March Madness broadcast downer networks should have seen coming One of my favorite sports sideshow characters has become Rusty Hardin, a Houston-based big shot attorney given to winning photo-op attention with eye-raising claims, countrified sound bites and boasts — even if they make no sense. Hardin is now representing the Texans’ openly disgruntled quarterback, Deshaun Watson, who has been accused by more than a dozen females, including multiple massage therapists, of trying to treat them as rub-a-dub sex workers. Hardin first came to our attention in 2008 when his client, MLB pitcher Roger Clemens, was scheduled to testify about his purported use of drugs to illegally enhance his career. It was then Hardin had the bright idea to escort Clemens to the offices of those congressmen and congresswomen who were to solicit his testimony about...
    Prince Philip Transferred to Top Hospital for More Treatment, Tests for Heart Condition, Palace Says Texas Power Firm Hit With $2.1 Billion Bill Files for Bankruptcy In 1952, the Boston Braves purchased the Negro League contract of Henry Aaron from the Indianapolis Clowns, a transaction that set the stage for baseball history. © Provided by Yahoo! Sports (Illustration by Michael Wagstaffe/Yahoo Sports) Aaron would make his MLB debut with the Braves two seasons later, 23 years before he retired with the most revered record in American sports as baseball's home run king. But his call-up to MLB opened the door for another remarkable moment in baseball. A second baseman named Toni Stone took Aaron's place on the Clowns' roster. In the process, she became the first woman to play baseball on a big-league team. Stone's winding path to baseball history Stone, born Marcenia Lyle Stone in West Virginia in 1921, had played baseball for most of her life — as a girl on boys teams and as a woman on various amateur, minor league and barnstorming teams in the...
    (CNN)Major League Baseball celebrated Black History Month this year by merging America's favorite pastime with art.The MLB commissioned 10 artists to celebrate the careers of legendary Black baseball players, in an effort to "honor the past and current game changers in baseball," said Barbara McHugh, MLB's senior vice president of marketing. "We also wanted to use this as a moment to really get visibility to some of the future cultural game changers," McHugh told CNN. The players honored this past month include: Jackie Robinson, who played for the Brooklyn Dodgers from 1947-1956; Hank Aaron, who played in the MLB from 1952-1976; CC Sabathia, who played in the MLB from 2001-2019; Joe Morgan, who played in the MLB from 1963-1984; Ken Griffey Jr., who played in the MLB from 1989-2010; Bob Gibson, who played for the St. Louis Cardinals from 1959 to 1975; Rickey Henderson who played in the league from 1979-2003; Josh Gibson, who played in the Negro Baseball League from 1930-1946; Satchel Paige, who played in the Negro Baseball League from 1926-1950, then played in the MLB 1948-1965; and...
    MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Dorsey Park in Overtown plays an important role in remembering the contributions of baseball players who played in the Negro League. If the park’s colorful walls could talk they would speak volumes about America’s pastime and how it was played at the 1700 block of Northwest 1st Avenue. RELATED: Were Concerned: COVID Mutations Affecting The Effectiveness Of Some Vaccines Warren Cromartie, who played for the Indianapolis Clowns of the Negro League, says “Black folks used to come out “dressed to the nines” after Sunday church to watch ball. Very exciting place to be.” In segregated, Jim Crow Miami, the park was a haven and ready for baseball in 1923. Donald Spivey, a Professor for the History Department at the University of Miami, says “it was the community park. Remember we are talking Jim Crow era. Total segregation.” It was here where barnstorming Negro League teams played. They were banned from playing Major League Baseball. Blacks had their own major league and their brand of baseball. “They always wanted to get there, play against the white...
    Prince Harry & Meghan Markle Under No Obligation to Tell Royal Family About Interview Plans, Source Says Cuomo defends delaying data reports on Covid-19 deaths at NY care facilities The History of Major League Baseball in Two Minutes If there's one thing everyone says about me is that I love data. More specifically, data compiled and analyzed by smarter minds than my own that I can point a finger at and say, hey, that's pretty cool. If there's another thing I value, it's brevity. So there's no surprise that this graphic, put together by @BetweenTheNums scratches right where it itches. © Provided by The Big Lead Abner Doubleday, who did not invent baseball. | Transcendental Graphics/Getty Images It charts the cumulative win percentage for all active Major League Baseball clubs through the years. With pitchers and catchers reporting THIS WEEK, here is an interactive timeline of cumulative W% among all active MLB teams. Check out and see how teams go through stretches of great or bad seasons in different eras of baseball! #MLB #dataviz ⚾️? pic.twitter.com/xNXOHVgdQd— Greg...
    The Legacy of Hinchliffe Stadium, Part II: Larry Doby’s Legend By: Geoff Magliocchetti February 14, 2021 ShareTweetFlipRedditESM’s look into the legacy of Hinchliffe Stadium and one of its most renowned attractions: MLB trailblazer and Hall of Famer Larry Doby. For Part I, click here Major League Baseball is a rare league where second place isn’t guaranteed any form of glory. With five teams from each reaching its postseason bracket, for example, at least one runner-up is guaranteed to be denied entry. But, in the case of Paterson, New Jersey’s own Larry Doby, his second-place entry held true meaning to the game of baseball and eternally changed the sport, particularly its so-called “Junior Circuit”. Lawrence Eugene Doby shattered a major baseball color barrier on July 5, 1947. Upon his entry into the Cleveland Indians’ mid-summer tilt against the Chicago White Sox, pinch-hitting for reliever Bryan Stephens, Doby became the first African-American player to partake in a American League game, less than three months after Jackie Robinson made his well-documented debut for Brooklyn....
    MLB: Celebrating black history month and the Negro Leagues, black players then and now By: William Parlee February 8, 2021 ShareTweetFlipRedditAll around MLB, as in the rest of America, Black History Month is being celebrated if you are a baseball fan. You can’t think about black history without thinking about The Negro Leagues and the great players who played during those days. I remember discovering when I was much younger that there was a Negro league and there were famous players like Satchel Paige, Josh Gibson, Oscar Charleston, and Gus Greenlee.  During the Golden Age of black ball 1920-1950), the Negro leagues had as many as seven leagues that primarily hired black players and, to a lesser degree, Latins. Those leagues deteriorated little by little for three reasons.  First, World War II took a disproportionate number of young blacks out of baseball, leaving mostly older players.  Lack of fans in the stands and the eventual integration of black players like Jackie Robinson into the major leagues. Black owners also found out that selling...
    The Legacy of Hinchliffe Stadium, Part I: History on Liberty By: Geoff Magliocchetti February 7, 2021 ShareTweetFlipRedditIn celebration of Black History Month, ESM studies the legacy of Hinchliffe Stadium, a tragically decaying part of our nation’s history in Paterson, NJ. History lives at the intersection of Liberty and Maple Streets in Paterson, New Jersey. Tragically, those who venture to the area, a stone’s throw away from the Paterson Great Falls National Historical Park, are often unaware that they’re walking the same steps, breathing the same air as some of baseball’s bravest legends. The Great Falls sit in the shadow of a baseball cathedral and testament to American resiliency and strength, a multi-purpose facility known as Hinchliffe Stadium.  One could hardly be blamed for not recognizing the significance behind Hinchliffe. The stadium resembles a set piece from a post-apocalyptic series like The Walking Dead, its grandstands populated by uncontrolled vegetation and graffiti. What should be the playing surface is a vacant, cracked, concrete lot. Etchings of Negro league teams from an event held several...
    The Red Sox announced they've hired Bianca Smith as a minor league coach on Monday, making her the first Black woman coach in professional baseball history. Smith, 29, will be based in the team's player development complex in Fort Myers, Florida. She told MLB Network on Monday that she's "still wrapping her head around" the opportunity.  "I think it's a great opportunity to inspire other women who are interested in this game." - Bianca Smith New @RedSox minor league coach Bianca Smith joined Matty V and Harold on #MLBNHotStove to discuss her historic hiring. pic.twitter.com/GXV9uHVFCL— MLB Network (@MLBNetwork) January 4, 2021 "I think it's a great opportunity also to just inspire other women who are interested in this game," she said. "This is not something I thought about when I was younger and I kind of fell into it being an athlete, so I'm excited to get that chance to show what I can do." Smith, who played softball at Dartmouth College, previously served an assistant coach and hitting coordinator at Carroll University in Wisconsin. She was also an assistant coach at...
    Just as the Baseball Writers’ Association of America — and perhaps the Baseball Hall of Fame — is nearly done with Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens and Curt Schilling, there’s an even more complicated figure about to arrive: Alex Rodriguez. Rodriguez is set to be on the ballot for the first time later this year, along with another slugger with a questionable past — David Ortiz, who has denied ever using steroids. Rodriguez said two years ago he was rooting for Bonds and Clemens to get to Cooperstown. “Of course I want them to get in, because that would mean that I have an opportunity to get in one day,” Rodriguez said on ESPN. Perhaps. Bonds and Clemens are two of the most notorious steroid cheats in baseball history, but they have nothing on Rodriguez, who admitted to using PEDs while with the Rangers from 2001-03 and was suspended for the 2014 season due to his role in the Biogenesis scandal, which included not just steroids, but also lawsuits against baseball and the Yankees — which were eventually dropped. Alex RodriguezGetty...
    More On: hank aaron Hank Aaron’s death the latest in spate of Hall of Fame passings Hank Aaron navigated baseball’s nasty home run chases with grace: Sherman Hank Aaron didn’t want to be remembered for his home runs The astounding numbers behind Hank Aaron’s Hall of Fame career The man who supplanted Hank Aaron as MLB’s home run king, albeit in a tainted fashion, hasn’t forgotten what Aaron did for him and the game. After news broke Friday of Aaron’s death at the age of 86, Barry Bonds sent his thoughts and thanks to a “true baseball legend.” “I want to send my heartfelt and warmest condolences to the Aaron family on their loss today,” Bonds wrote in a statement posted to his Twitter account. “I was lucky enough to spend time with Hank on several occasions during my career and have always had the deepest respect and admiration for all that he did both on and off the field. He is an icon, a legend and a true hero to so many, who will forever be missed. “Hank...
    (CBS Los Angeles) — Dodgers Hall of Fame great Tommy Lasorda has died, the team announced. He was 93. The Dodgers confirmed that Lasorda passed away Thursday night after suffering a heart attack. Tommy Lasorda looks on during a game against the St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium on May 12, 1996, in St Louis. (Getty Images) “Lasorda suffered a sudden cardiopulmonary arrest at his home at 10:09 p.m.,” the team said. “He was transported to the hospital with resuscitation in progress. He was pronounced dead at 10:57 p.m.” In its statement, the team described Lasorda, who spent an incredible 71 years with the Dodgers organization, as “one of the most memorable personalities in baseball history.” Lasorda’s accolades are astounding. He managed the Dodgers for 21 seasons from 1976 to 1996. He won two World Series titles in 1981 and 1988 and has 1,599 career wins as a manager, 22nd all time. PHOTO GALLERY: Remembering Tommy Lasorda “There are two things about Tommy I will always remember,” Dodgers broadcasting titan Vin Scully said in a statement. “The first is his...