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Larry Doby can still picture it: Ruppert Stadium on a soft summer afternoon, a crowd dressed in its Sunday best, cheering on the 1946 Negro League champions--his Newark Eagles. "People in the stands in shirts, ties and hats, most of them right from church," Doby says, his voice wistful as his mind drifts back a half-century. "That brings pleasant memories." Doby envisions Monte Irvin crouched at shortstop, Leon Day going into his trademark no-windup delivery.
William (Sack) Morgan once threw fastballs that made batters fearful. But a few years ago, the former Negro League pitcher, suffering from diabetes, had to have his legs amputated and was paralyzed after a stroke. He later lost his ability to speak. The wheelchair-bound Morgan moved to a convalescent home in Atlanta. "He was almost totally helpless," says another former player. With such heavy medical needs, Morgan and his wife worried about bills.
April 21, 1996 | JOE GERGEN, NEWSDAY
Fifty years ago last week, a minor league team departed the McAlpin Hotel in Manhattan, boarded a train for Jersey City and rode into history. Among the passengers was Jackie Robinson, who had been signed to a contract six months earlier by Brooklyn Dodgers President Branch Rickey. On April 18, 1946, in a game between the Montreal Royals and the Jersey City Giants, he became the first African-American to participate in organized baseball in the 20th century.
April 11, 2013 | By Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
"God built me to last," Jackie Robinson says at one point in "42," and, thankfully, his remarkable story is built the same way. It would have to be to survive the full-dress Hollywood biopic treatment it gets in this film, which is unabashedly subtitled "The True Story of an American Legend. " And survive it does. You almost can't blame writer-director Brian Helgeland for taking an old-fashioned, earnest-to-a-fault approach to the genuinely heroic narrative of the Brooklyn Dodger who in 1947 - in a move masterminded by team General Manager Branch Rickey -- broke the Major League Baseball color barrier, led the Dodgers to the National League pennant and won rookie of the year honors.
March 11, 2008 | T.J. SIMERS
You write Kobe, Britney or something about sex in the first sentence, and you'll get one of the most viewed stories on the newspaper's website. You write about Willie Forge, and well, Willie's got a ton of friends, but he's just a father, married, divorced and friendly with the same woman for 53 years, the two of them raising three children in Compton, two growing up to be dentists, the other a lawyer. Nothing sexy there, and none of the kids are named Kobe or Britney.
September 28, 2005 | Alan Abrahamson; Eric Stephens;, From Times Staff and Wire Reports
The California Infrastructure and Economic Development Bank, meeting Tuesday in Sacramento, approved by a 4-0 vote a key financial plank in a plan to lure an NFL team to the Coliseum. The bank approved the wording of a city ordinance needed to implement a law signed last year by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger to help finance various infrastructure improvements around the Coliseum.
May 18, 2002 | Mike Penner
Satchel Paige wasn't kidding when he laid down his sixth and final rule for staying young: "Don't look back. Something might be gaining on you." It's a sage piece of advice that baseball loves to celebrate, loves to wink at, loves to bundle up together with the best of Yogi Berra, Casey Stengel and Jerry Coleman for a few laughs around the hot stove. But it's also a piece of advice baseball, for decades now, has steadfastly and resolutely chosen to ignore.
December 21, 1994 | MIKE PENNER
And now, the end is near. One more Ram game in Orange County and that is all, according to the whistling winds blowing west to east toward St. Louis. One more game, between the 4-11 Rams and the 2-13 Washington Redskins--on Christmas Eve, yet--and that's it. See you later. Happy holidays. Hate to lose and run, but, well, you know how it goes. If this is really goodby, if the Rams are 90%-going-on-100% Missouri-bound, why should anyone bother to attend the send-off? The season's gone.
July 14, 1991 | From Associated Press
A pile of rags in St. Louis spawned a growth industry that has William Arlt tipping his cap -- or more accurately caps -- at the country's fondness for baseball nostalgia. Famous and long-forgotten teams of the past -- the Kansas City Monarchs, the Brooklyn Tip-Tops, the Dallas Griffins -- are represented by small pieces of colorful flannel that hang from the wall at Arlt's Cooperstown Ball Cap Company. "It's pretty useless," said Arlt of his custom-made replicas of old-style baseball caps.
Eight-year-old Michael Price had a question: Why did the black and white ballplayers have to be in separate leagues? "That was a tough one to answer," said Monty DeGraff, who accompanied the youngster Saturday on a trip through history. "How do you explain something like that to a kid?"
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