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Which Dodger Pitcher Is Leading The Cy Young Race?

Jackie Robinson‘s debut came way back in 1947, and that seems like as good a line as any to draw between “then” and “now.” Since then, there have been 5,362 qualified pitcher-seasons. Let’s rank the top 15 by ERA: 1.12 — Bob Gibson, 1968 1.53 — Dwight Gooden, 1985 1.56 — Greg Maddux, 1994 1.60 — Luis Tiant, 1968 1.61 — Zack Greinke, 2015 1.63 — Maddux, 1995...
Via Dodgers Digest
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Highly-charged offense powers Buckeyes to first-half crown

As the Cleveland Call and Post said, the Buckeyes were “drunk with recent successes” with “blood in their collective eyes and a yen for bear” when the Chicago American Giants came to League Park for a doubleheader on June 17, 1945. The Buckeyes had just beaten the Kansas City Monarchs 5-0 in Belleville, Ill., coming within one hit of a perfect game. But the Buckeyes were...
Via Did The Tribe Win Last Night?
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Report: Jackie Robinson West took in over $300K in donations

CHICAGO (AP) Documents submitted to the Internal Revenue Service show that Chicago's Jackie Robinson West baseball team accepted over $300,000 in donations before Little League International stripped the team of its 2014 title. The Chicago Sun-Times reports (http://bit.ly/1Kfvbjl ) that the money has allowed the organization to build more than $200,000 in cash reserves. The newspaper...
Via AP on Fox
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Say it ain't so: Game-fixing scandal rocks Softball LLWS

The 2014 Little League World Series was rocked by controversy when United States champion Jackie Robinson West Little League out of Chicago was alleged to have used ineligible players. The scandal lasted months -- into 2015 -- and culminated with Little League International stripping the team of its national championship in February of this year. Fast forward to August 2015, and...
Via Fox Sports
17 days ago  |  Discuss

Jackie Robinson West looks to drop its lawsuit

Jackie Robinson West looks to drop its lawsuit
Via Philly Sports Live
24 days ago  |  Discuss

More on Baseball’s Integration, the Tribe’s Larry Doby and Beyond

Here and elsewhere, Indians outfielder and race pioneer Larry Doby was celebrated. A deserving man who graces Cooperstown and who is now honored by a statue at Progressive Field, Doby nevertheless appears likely to remain an underrated figure. Cleveland, at least, has finally begun to appreciate Doby’s experience in baseball. But when the Indians signed him, how was the process...
Via Waiting For Next Year
August 01, 2015  |  Discuss

Righting a Wrong and Honoring a Legend in Doby

In a season full of so many things gone wrong for the Cleveland Indians, Saturday afternoon marked a moment that they absolutely got right, albeit many, many years too late. A new statue of Larry Doby joined those of Bob Feller and Jim Thome in welcoming baseball fans into the Tribe’s home in downtown Cleveland. For some, the decision corrects a massive oversight made when the...
Via Did The Tribe Win Last Night?
July 26, 2015  |  Discuss

Indians to unveil statue for trailblazer Larry Doby

CLEVELAND -- The Indians will unveil a statue of Hall of Famer Larry Doby, the first black player in the American League, on Saturday at Progressive Field. Doby broke the color barrier in the AL on July 5, 1947, just months after Jackie Robinson played for the Brooklyn Dodgers. Doby spent nine seasons with Cleveland and helped lead the Indians to a World Series title in 1948. He...
Via AP on Fox
July 24, 2015  |  Discuss

Indians to unveil Larry Doby statue, broke AL color barrier

CLEVELAND (AP) The Indians will unveil a statue of Hall of Famer Larry Doby, the first black player in the American League, on Saturday at Progressive Field. Doby broke the color barrier in the AL on July 5, 1947, just months after Jackie Robinson played for the Brooklyn Dodgers. Doby spent nine seasons with Cleveland and helped lead the Indians to a World Series title in 1948....
Via AP on Fox
July 24, 2015  |  Discuss

This is Larry Doby’s Story: Reliving Yesteryear

With the unveiling of Larry Doby’s statue at Progressive Field on Saturday, much will be made of the indignities he suffered during his playing career for the Cleveland Indians. His feats on the field will be dutifully recited. His supporters will boast of his Hall of Fame bona fides, while noting these accomplishments were recorded under constant pressure to perform. He was very...
Via Waiting For Next Year
July 24, 2015  |  Discuss

Next Up: Indians Host the White Sox for a Four-Game Series

The Cleveland Indians began the second half of the 2015 season by winning two of three in Cincinnati and splitting the two-game series in Milwaukee. Going 3-2 on the road isn’t ordinarily something to complain about, but those two bottom feeders of the NL Central are a combined 84-104, so, really, they shouldn’t have been much of a test for a team that still hopes to make a run...
Via Waiting For Next Year
July 23, 2015  |  Discuss

Indians to unveil Larry Doby statue at Progressive Field

CLEVELAND -- The Cleveland Indians will unveil the new Larry Doby statue on Saturday at 4:45PM at Progressive Field's Right Field Gate (Corner of East 9th and Larry Doby Way). Fans are encouraged to be in the area by 4:30 p.m. Doby, who played with the Tribe from 1947-1955 and in 1959, was the first African-American to play in the American League, just months after Jackie Robinson...
Via Fox Sports Ohio
July 22, 2015  |  Discuss

Indians to unveil Larry Doby statue at Progressive Field

CLEVELAND -- The Cleveland Indians will unveil the new Larry Doby statue on Saturday at 4:45PM at Progressive Field's Right Field Gate (Corner of East 9th and Larry Doby Way). Fans are encouraged to be in the area by 4:30 p.m. Doby, who played with the Tribe from 1947-1955 and in 1959, was the first African-American to play in the American League, just months after Jackie Robinson...
Via Fox Sports Ohio
July 22, 2015  |  Discuss

Indians to unveil Larry Doby statue at Progressive Field

CLEVELAND -- The Cleveland Indians will unveil the new Larry Doby statue on Saturday at 4:45PM at Progressive Field's Right Field Gate (Corner of East 9th and Larry Doby Way). Fans are encouraged to be in the area by 4:30 p.m. Doby, who played with the Tribe from 1947-1955 and in 1959, was the first African-American to play in the American League, just months after Jackie Robinson...
Via Fox Sports Ohio
July 22, 2015  |  Discuss

The Final Piece Of The Puzzle

The ’69 World Series saw Jerry Koosman pick up the W in 2 of the 4 Mets victories. His ERA was 2.04 and he allowed only 7 hits in 17 2/3 innings pitched. Ron Swoboda hit .400 and made arguably one of the best catches in Series history. Tommie Agee outdid his teammate and made 2 unforgettable catches which will live forever in Mets folklore. However, none of these men would win...
Via Mets Merized Online
July 15, 2015  |  Discuss

New Jersey’s Major League Teams

New Jersey, sandwiched between New York City and Philadelphia, divides its baseball loyalties, typically, with the top half of the state rooting for the former’s teams and the bottom half for the latter’s. Briefly, on two occasions, the Garden State had a major league baseball team of its own. In 1873, the Elizabeth Resolutes played in the National Association of Professional...
Via The Sports Post
July 09, 2015  |  Discuss

Dodgers say Don Newcombe out of hospital after 2-night stay

LOS ANGELES (AP) Don Newcombe, baseball's first player to win rookie of the year, most valuable player and the Cy Young Award, has been released from a hospital two days after becoming ill at Dodger Stadium. A team spokesman says Newcombe returned home Wednesday to rest. The 89-year-old special adviser to the chairman left the ballpark on Monday night when he became ill before the...
Via AP on Fox
July 08, 2015  |  Discuss

Professional Sports Can, and Should, Be a Vehicle for Change in the United States

“It hurt to see the things that happened in Charleston. It just broke my heart, because I felt like that could’ve been me. It could’ve been my friends, it could’ve been my pastor. It could’ve been anybody.” Those words were spoken by Houston Rockets center Dwight Howard after he flew into Charleston, South Carolina to meet with those most impacted by the murderous attack...
Via Sportsnaut
June 30, 2015  |  Discuss

Jackie Robinson West Files Lawsuit Over Vacated Title

After one of the best stories of the summer last year in which Jackie Robinson West won the United States’ side of the Little League World...
Via Athlon Sports
June 24, 2015  |  Discuss

Jackie Robinson West team sues Little League

Jackie Robinson West team sues Little League
Via Philly Sports Live
June 24, 2015  |  Discuss

Teacher working to ensure pioneer Walker is remembered

Craig Brown grew up in Columbiana County. He wasn’t far from the final resting place of a baseball pioneer, but he didn’t know it – until he read “Black Diamond: The Story of the Negro Baseball Leagues.” That was his introduction to Moses Fleetwood Walker. Before Jackie Robinson broke the color line in 1947 – 63 years before, in fact – Fleet Walker became the first...
Via Did The Tribe Win Last Night?
June 24, 2015  |  Discuss

A Roberto Clemente biopic is in the works

The story of former Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder Roberto Clemente is well-known – an all-time great baseball player tragically dies on New Year’s Eve while on a humanitarian mission. The game of baseball, and for that matter, the country, was absolutely devastated. But there hasn’t been a definitive cinematic look at Clemente’s life, aside from Baseball’s Last Hero: 21...
Via Awful Announcing
June 04, 2015  |  Discuss

Los Angeles Dodgers get Job Done, Complete Sweep of Seattle Mariners on Jackie Robinson Day

Los Angeles Dodgers relief pitcher J.P. Howell throws during the ninth inning of the Dodgers’ baseball game against the Seattle Mariners in Los Angeles, Wednesday, April 15, 2015. The Dodgers won 5-2. (Mandatory Credit: Alex Gallardo/AP) It is a special day in baseball, but even more special if you wear the uniform with the script ‘Dodgers’ across the chest. Jackie Robinson...
Via The Sports Journal
April 16, 2015  |  Discuss

Jackie Robinson Day 2015

“A life is not important except in the impact it has on other lives.” ~ Jackie Robinson April 15th has been dedicated by the MLB as Jackie Robinson Day since 2004. It’s a day dedicated to the memory of a man who faced the worst of man’s hatred and racism with poise, grace, and non-violence. Jackie Robinson was a baseball phenom who played 9 years with the Brooklyn Dodgers...
Via Baseball Hot Corner
April 16, 2015  |  Discuss

The Importance of Jackie Robinson

Jackie Robinson with Martin Luther King Today is Jackie Robinson Day in Major League Baseball, and while Jackie Robinson’s importance to Major League Baseball is recognized and understood, his importance to the American Civil Rights movement as a whole is largely overlooked. Robinson was a lifetime Civil Rights advocate. Though he promised Dodgers GM Branch Rickey that he...
Via In The Neutral Zone
April 15, 2015  |  Discuss
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