Farewell to The Poet of the Mets

I would like to take this gorgeous St. Patrick's Day to pay tribute to...a Met.That is, Ed Charles—"Gum," "Ez," "The Glider," and "The Poet,"—just deceased at 84, and third baseman for the 1969 Miracle team. Charles grew up in about the most horrendous circumstances imaginable, a poor black kid in Daytona Beach, Florida. He got to witness his father regularly beat his mother—and...

Cougars Invade Westwood! UCLA Bruin Baseball Hosts Wazzou

Washington State and the Bruins open PAC 12 play tonight at Jackie Robinson Stadium. Happy Friday! Another week is in the books and, this time of year, that means another weekend of UCLA Baseball . . . weather permitting. The Bruins (10-4, 0-0 PAC 12) are scheduled to open PAC 12 play tonight against the Washington State Cougars (4-9, 0-0 PAC 12) at 3 p.m. PT, that’s right, 3 p.m...
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2 days ago

Negro Leaguers every baseball fan should know

The story of the various baseball organizations that collectively formed the Negro Leagues over the first half of the 20th century is vital to telling the story of the game to this day.This list highlights the legacies of the greatest black players during the segregated era of professional baseball. Ranging from the Negro Leagues to Cuban and Mexican pro leagues and the barnstorming...
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#RIPMLB: Buck O’Neil

At the bottom of Buck O’Neil’s magnificent gravestone, you can find this inscription: “If I’m a Hall of Famer to you, that’s all right with me. Just keep loving old Buck. Don’t weep for Buck. No, man, be happy, be thankful!”That may be the most Buck O’Neil statement possible. No bitterness for a life that could have been. No anger about a well-deserved honor that somehow eluded him...
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February 15, 2018  |  Discuss

Sports & Politics Intersect: American controversies follow athletes to Olympics

Front Five: The top stories that shaped both sports & politics this week “[Adam Rippon] I want you to know we are FOR YOU. Don’t let fake news distract you. I am proud of you and ALL OF OUR GREAT athletes and my only hope for you and all of #TeamUSA is to bring home the gold. Go get ‘em!” - Vice President Mike Pence to Adam Rippon on TwitterThe saga between Adam Rippon and Vice...
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February 09, 2018  |  Discuss

Rose Bowl unveils statue of Jackie Robinson playing football

While Pasadena’s Rose Bowl has been around since 1922, Wednesday was a first in the great venue’s history. For the first time in its history, the Rose Bowl unveiled a commemorative statue. Fittingly, the statue is of Jackie Robinson, who went to high school in Pasadena and was a three-sport athlete at UCLA.Even better, the ceremony was MC'd by longtime (and now retired) announcer...
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November 29, 2017  |  Discuss

For Sale: the place Jackie Robinson grew up

It might not be the same house Jackie Robinson grew up in…but it is the closest thing you’re going to get finding the Hall of Famer’s childhood home.For a mere $649,000(!), the house on 123 Pepper Street in Pasadena can be yours. But don’t be fooled by the real estate listing, the thing isn’t really Robinson’s “former house”…it is merely just the location on where the Brooklyn Dodgers...
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November 18, 2017  |  Discuss

After hosting first all-girls baseball tournament, MLB’s gender barrier could be slowly breaking

An infamous line was broadcast to the world by the young kids in the classic flick “The Sandlot.”“You play ball like a girl!”It was a term to use as a demeaning way to show females were incapable of playing such a sport. We can finally say that isn’t true now.Major League and USA Baseball recently launched the “Trailblazer Series” which is a new baseball tournament in the greater...
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April 20, 2017  |  Discuss

Jackie Robinson statue unveiled outside of Dodger Stadium

The Dodgers honored Jackie Robinson in a big way on Saturday, by immortalizing him on the 70th anniversary of him making his MLB debut with the Brooklyn Dodgers.It was unveiled at Dodger Stadium in front of the fans, and features him sliding into a base, which is fitting. Here’s what the statue looks like. And here’s a close-up shot of it. Robinson’s achievements can’t be understated...
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April 15, 2017  |  Discuss

It's time for Satchel Paige Day in Major League Baseball

As the corner turns to March, the spring picks up pace and the sounds of the national pastime begin ringing out again. The waning days of February also bring to a close yet another Black History Month and the reminders and reminiscing the month brings of the works of many great African-Americans throughout the nation’s history. It is at the intersection of these two institutions...
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February 27, 2017  |  Discuss

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