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Jackie Robinson Day! April 15

I’m a HUGE Jackie Robinson fan. After Jesus Christ, he is the person I most admire.

I’ve been posting almost hourly over on my Facebook page. You can click on the link on the right and see what all I’ve put up.

Here’s one essay I linked to, which I wrote a few years ago for my old blog. Joe Black tells how Jackie changed his entire life.

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Tomorrow I’ll put up a post with links to everything I did today about Jackie. But you can head on over and see some of them now.

This Day in Baseball History: March 23, 1938 – Landis Frees the Minor Leaguers

FederalLeagueI love baseball history and I enjoy writing short bits about it. I frequently write a ‘This Day in Baseball History’ post at my Facebook page.  I thought this one was worth posting here on my blog. It ties in my second-favorite player of all time towards the end.

In 1913, the newly formed Federal League began play as a baseball minor league. In 1914, it became the third major league, throwing (for the time) big money at current National and American League players to entice them to switch teams. Several, including a few Hall of Famers, did. In January of 1915, the Federals filed an antitrust lawsuit against the other two major leagues.

The federal judge assigned stalled the case until the Federal League signed an agreement with the other two leagues, dropped the suit and folded. The owners of the Baltimore Terrapins were the only team to object to the agreement. They would then file their own suit, leading to the famous Supreme Court ruling that baseball was not interstate commerce and therefore not subject to anti-trust laws (what a joke!).

Kennesaw Mountain Landis was the federal judge who oversaw that first lawsuit and kept it from progressing – to the great benefit of the Major League Baseball. Then, after the famous Black Sox Scandal of 1919, the baseball owners begged Landis to become the first Commissioner, in an attempt to restore the public image of the National Pastime.

Landis_FistHe accepted, receiving a lifetime appointment and total authority. Later, the owners would regret creating this Frankenstein, but they were desperate in 1920. He was a supporter of the reserve clause and had no mercy on players suspected of gambling. While the owners certainly played a large part, Landis enforced segregation in the game. His successor, former US Senator Albert ‘Happy’ Chandler, supported Jackie Robinson’s signing.

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Baseball Throwback Thursday – Medwick & the 48 Braves

Over at my other blog, Walking Through The Valley, I’ve got a couple more baseball posts for Throwback Thursdays.

Last week, I looked at Ducky Medwick’s beaning – an even that derailed a Hall of Famer’s career.

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This week, I delve into the story behind “Spahn and Sain and pray for rain.” It’s a nice little look at the 1948 Boston Braves. No, not Atlanta. Not even Milwaukee. Yes, Boston.

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Head on over and take a look.

 

RIP Don Zimmer – A Bum in 1955

With Don Zimmer passing away, my love of baseball history moves over to AlmostHolmes. Click here and read a short piece I wrote on a man who spent his entire adult life working in the sport he loved.

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Brooklyn spring training at Dodgertown. Ed Roebuck (center) gives out cigars to Zimmer (far left), Johnny Podres, George Shuba, Dick Williams and Roy Campanella

Branch Rickey Threatens Major League Baseball. Also, Ty Cobb Was a Hall of Fame Jerk.

Sherlock Holmes, Solar Pons, Nero Wolfe, John D. MacDonald, Elric of Melnibone, Tony Hillerman, Humphrey Bogart, Dashiell Hammett, The Beach Boys: there are a lot of things I like to read and write about. But if I could only have one, it would probably be baseball history. I just love that subject.

ContinentalLeagueNPOver at Walking Through the Valley, I’ve got another cool baseball post up. Branch Rickey, who invented the minor league system and brought Jackie Robinson to Brooklyn to smash the color barrier, nearly created a third major league. Though it failed, it did force baseball to expand: something it had resisted for decades.

 

Also: you might have heard that Ty Cobb was a bit of a jerk. Well, he proved that in 1912 and his team went on strike in his defense!

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Eddie Stanky – A Tough letter from mom

Since this is a Holmes/writing related blog, my baseball posts are over at my old blog, Walking Through the Valley.

But I love baseball history (more than I like most of the self-centered athletes playing the game today) and I like writing about little bits of it. Jackie Robinson is my idol and Eddie Stanky played a role in his rookie season. Coupled with the memorable letter his mom wrote him as a rookie, I thought I’d share a link to my post about Stanky.

Spider Jorgensen, Pee Wee Reese, Stanky and Robinson. The 1947 Dodgers infield for Robinson’s rookie season.