May 23, 1999 |
Meet Earl Robinson for the first time and you soon notice the twinkle in his eye, a ready laugh, a sense of spunk and energy that completely belies his age of 74. A handshake reveals even more. The grip is firm and strong, suggesting the strength of a former athlete. Robinson was a baseball player. A good one. A catcher and an outfielder who swung the bat so proficiently, he was given the nickname "Stick." "I was just gifted," Robinson said from his home in Fullerton.
September 10, 1998 |
One has to wonder what Josh Gibson would have thought about Mark McGwire. Today, McGwire is the king of the home run after breaking major league baseball's single-season record of 61, but in the late 1930s, Gibson put up numbers in the Negro leagues that even dwarfed McGwire's. In 1936, nine years after Babe Ruth had hit 60 home runs with the New York Yankees, Gibson hit 84 homers in 170 games for the Pittsburgh Crawfords, according to "The Biographical Encyclopedia of the Negro Leagues."
June 14, 1998 |
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.
November 18, 1997 |
Memorial services for former Negro League baseball player and longtime community activist Sammie Haynes, who died at 77 last week in Los Angeles after a bout with cancer, will be held Wednesday at 1 p.m. at the First African Methodist Church in Los Angeles. Haynes will be remembered for his days as a catcher with the Kansas City Monarchs from 1942-45, and playing with the likes of such Negro League greats as Satchel Paige and Jackie Robinson.
January 31, 1997 |
In all probability, famous Negro League stars such as Satchel Paige, Josh Gibson, Cool Papa Bell, Ray Dandridge and Leon Day--all of whom are in baseball's Hall of Fame--never played the game in Orange County. But starting Saturday, some of their memorabilia will be on public display in the Negro Leagues exhibit at the Orange County Sports Hall of Fame, adjacent to Anaheim Stadium, in conjunction with Black History Month.
April 17, 1995 |
As first baseman with the Negro Leagues' Kansas City Monarchs, John Jordan (Buck) O'Neil was a teammate of legendary pitcher Satchel Paige and competed against Homestead Gray home run great Josh Gibson and even Babe Ruth. "I was friends with Duke Ellington, Bill (Bojangles) Robinson and Joe Lewis," O'Neil says. "It was an exciting time."
March 14, 1995 |
Leon Day, a star pitcher in the Negro Leagues who was elected to baseball's Hall of Fame only six days earlier, died Monday. He was 78. Day died in St. Agnes Hospital at 4:35 p.m., nursing supervisor Karen Bradwick said. He was admitted to the hospital a few hours before his election to the Hall of Fame and had been treated for a heart condition, diabetes and gout. Day, who played in the 1930s and '40s, was elected by the Veterans Committee in Tampa, Fla., on March 7.
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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.
December 8, 1994
Gallery Plus is holding a holiday open house from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday that will feature a special exhibit of memorabilia from the Negro Baseball League of the 1930s, '40s and '50s. Former players from the league will be on hand to autograph the pictures, postcards and posters that will be displayed and sold. Players from the Kansas City Monarchs, Drummondville Cubs, Indianapolis Clowns, Chicago American Giants, Nashville Elite Giants and Homestead Grays will be on hand for the event.