July 30, 2006 |
Baseball's-best discussions don't all involve Hank Aaron, Babe Ruth and Barry Bonds, or "Murderers' Row" versus "The Big Red Machine." In fact, one of the longest-running debates in the game's history stems from the old Negro leagues: Which team was the most powerful, the Pittsburgh Crawfords, Kansas City Monarchs or Homestead Grays? Old-timers from that era aren't much help in providing answers.
July 25, 2006 |
By Sunday, there will be 35 individuals affiliated with the black baseball era enshrined in the baseball Hall of Fame. Buck O'Neil, generally considered the foremost ambassador and a living history of that bygone period, will not be among them. For many who saw O'Neil play well over half a century ago and others who have since seen and listened to his passion for the game, that's an injustice. "I'm a big fan of Buck O'Neil," baseball Commissioner Bud Selig wrote in an e-mail.
July 23, 2006 |
* Grant "Home Run" Johnson: He got his nickname after hitting 60 home runs for a semipro team in Findlay, Ohio, but like his major league counterpart -- Frank "Home Run" Baker -- Johnson's home runs as a professional were more timely than numerous. A shortstop who played for more than a dozen teams, he was considered one of the top players of his era, the late 19th and early 20th century. * Louis Santop: They didn't call the 6-foot-4, 240-pound catcher "Big Bertha" for nothing.
September 9, 2001 |
This day is much like any other for Buck O'Neil, and that means he's busy. Busy signing scores of posters, bats and books. Photos too--when he's not posing for them. O'Neil strides into the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum and begins working the crowd. He spots a boy of about 10 and ruffles his hair. The boy presses his hair back into place, and a smile sweeps over his face when he recognizes O'Neil, who is still doing his summer waltz. A hand clasp here, a hug there.
June 4, 2000 |
Two sisters in Leimert Park put together a small, heartfelt exhibition. Three hundred kids play in a baseball tournament on the Conrad Hilton Field at Martin Luther King Jr. Park. And a summer holiday weekend becomes a warm tribute to a man named Sammie Haynes, a man who died three years ago, a man who was blind in his eyes but who saw with his heart and who always loved the kids, baseball and the old Negro Leagues.
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December 11, 1994 |
For Laura Hendryx and her sister Marie Goree, it's a memory that crystallizes the happiest times of their childhood: sitting on the floor pounding their father's brand-new baseball mitt, proud to be charged with the task of breaking it in for a big game he was to play the next day.