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Baseball and African-American Life

Gerald Early’s meandering yet compellingly, beguilingly honest essay, “Baseball and African American Life”, asks, “Why have Negroes not truly accepted baseball?” The answers are complex and perhaps inconclusive. A first questioning is, “In what way?” Jackie Robinson opened a door … Continue reading

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2014 Major League Predictions

In time-honored fashion, and this being the ROTB Project blog-number 499, here come my (Evander’s) guesses for the 2014 Major League Baseball season. (“Predictions” is such a silly word. Who could? Well, I! in this 2-year-old podcast.) American League East: … Continue reading

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Smoky Joe Wood, Mort Cooper, Dick Wakefield, and Other Random Notes on Players at the Winter Solstice

As 2013 comes to a finish and activity at ROTB HQ reaches a fevered pitch (poor pun intended), I (Evander) would like “to close” (not Mariano-style) the year with Random Notes on fine, even great, baseball players who are by … Continue reading

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Tigers Need Scherzer(y)

At 19-1, Max Scherzer of the Detroit Tigers is compiling one of the all-time Major League Baseball records in 2013. (For cricket followers: The record indicates this pitcher is credited with nineteen wins against one loss.) If the trend continues, … Continue reading

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Sinko day mayo 1956

I (Evander) have waxed perhaps not-so-poetic(ly) on May 22 as the upcoming jubilee of the home run Mickey Mantle nearly launched out of old Yankee Stadium. Some estimates have the ball traveling something like 730 feet. More realistically its distance, … Continue reading

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Predicting the 2013 Baseball Season

The 2013 baseball season, which opens on April Fools’ Day, promises to make a fool of all prognosticators. Nothing new in this. How could one imagine the Fall Classic when spring has barely sprung? To make things even a little … Continue reading

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Baseball Meets Smectymnus

As the Hot Stove League season kicks into high gear, with the advent of some old-style winter weather thro much of North America, all coinciding with the Presidential Inauguration and the federal holiday commemorating Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., I … Continue reading

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The Tiger Sleeps Tonight

On this date, in 1886…who would have known? The Georgia Peach, still in the top-five career stats for all the big-batting categories in Major League Baseball, was born. (Cobb’s lifetime batting average of .367 [some sources list .366] is one … Continue reading

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We Are the Champions, We Are the Champions, We Are the Champions

In the end, it was diminutive Venezuelan Marco Scutaro delivering as ballyhooed Venezuelan Miguel Cabrera struck out without offering a swing. The Giants earned their seventh World Championship, second in three years, as well as second since leaving New York … Continue reading

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Kung Fu Panda Mauls Tigers

Two big pieces of news come out of last night’s Game 1 of the World Series. First, the Giants’s Pablo Sandoval joins immortals Babe Ruth and Reggie Jackson, and eventual immortal Albert Pujols, as a member of the three-home-run club … Continue reading

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