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March 11, 1991 | TOM CALLAHAN, THE WASHINGTON POST
Maybe because his visitor was from Washington, Cool Papa acted especially proud of the Griffith Stadium photograph, although his collection included every big-league ballpark he ever occupied, always when the principal tenants were away. In the Griffith snapshot, no players were visible, just grass and dirt and an outfield fence plastered with advertisements for lumber and liniment.
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June 14, 1998 | LARRY McSHANE, ASSOCIATED PRESS
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.
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April 3, 1992 | GARY LIBMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
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.
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April 16, 1995 | LA TEEL FRIERSON LATEEL FRIERSON..BD: SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
While major league baseball players and team owners argued over labor issues, Chicago Cubs official John Young and major league scout Dale Sutherland last September teamed up to form the inaugural RBI/Chet Brewer Inner City Easter Baseball Classic. The tournament is named for a famous Negro League pitcher, focuses on reviving the sport of baseball in the inner city. It targets youths between the ages of 13 and 18.
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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.
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April 14, 1996 | SUSAN KING, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Baseball changed forever in 1947 when Jackie Robinson stepped up to bat for the Brooklyn Dodgers, becoming the first African American to play in the major leagues. HBO's latest film, "Soul of the Game," explores how he came to be there. It is set two years before Robinson's landmark achievement and explores the competition between Negro League greats Satchel Paige and Josh Gibson and rookie Robinson to be the first to cross baseball's color line.
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August 12, 2005 | Fred Mitchell, Chicago Tribune
Ted "Double Duty" Radcliffe, a star in the Negro league and believed to be the oldest former professional baseball player, died of cancer Thursday in Chicago. He was 103. Radcliffe was an all-star catcher and pitcher in the Negro league for half a century, playing for more than 30 teams. Records were not always kept, but his biographer, Kyle P. McNary, estimated that Radcliffe had a .303 batting average, 4,000 hits and 400 homers in 36 years.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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