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.
August 19, 1994 |
You'll have to forgive the dwindling numbers of Negro league veterans during this most recent of baseball strikes. They can't believe what they're seeing: Millionaire players walking out over something called a "salary cap." Sammie Haynes' salary was $200 a month. Well, not quite. His meal money was $2 a day, and that was deducted from his paycheck.
January 9, 1994 |
Sitting amid piles of correspondence and post-Christmas clutter, Alfred Henry was working diligently on another broadside against professional baseball when he heard a brusque knock on the door of his tiny condominium. He got up slowly to open the door.
May 21, 1993 |
When former architecture student Mychael Darwin changed his vocational blueprint, there were no lofty visions of grandeur. All he wanted to do was to make a pair of shorts. "I was just joking around really, but I was intrigued by the whole process and the possibilities," says the designer, 35, as he recalls the sewing lessons his old girlfriend gave him in 1982. After his first project, Darwin found himself sewing every day, eventually neglecting his girlfriend so much that they broke up.
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February 3, 1993 |
In his youth, Sammie Haynes was one of the best baseball players around, sharing the diamond with such legends as Jackie Robinson, Satchel Paige and Willie Mays. Still, Haynes never got a chance to prove himself in the major leagues during his heyday in the 1930s and early 1940s because of the color of his skin. Instead of playing for the New York Yankees or the Chicago Cubs, Haynes played for the Kansas City Monarchs, the premier team in the Negro American League.
July 28, 1992
Commissioner Fay Vincent said Monday that he wants to offer full health insurance to surviving players from the old Negro leagues. Vincent appointed major league marketing executive Leonard Coleman and former Negro leagues and major league pitcher Joe Black to serve as co-chairmen of a committee. Much of the funding for the insurance will come from the sale of memorabilia dealing with the old teams. Black estimated there are 180 Negro leagues veterans alive.