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Monday, September 01, 2014

OT: Politics, September, 2014: ESPN honors Daily Worker sports editor Lester Rodney

Lester Rodney was a crusader for equality and instrumental in integrating baseball as sports editor with the Daily Worker in the 1930s, says ESPN in a recent video on its website. The Daily Worker is the predecessor to this news website, peoplesworld.org.

At the time African American players were banned from the major leagues, says the mini-documentary. It was Lester Rodney that had a “simple but seemingly impossible dream” - to end more than a half-century of segregation in the big leagues, says ESPN’s Outside The Lines program. For Black History Month, OTL reported on this white Communist sportswriter who “crusaded for baseball integration a decade before Jackie Robinson broke the color line.”

He was at the center in the fight for baseballs integration, said sports historian Larry Lester in the video.

“There was no one in the main stream press promoting the integration of baseball like Lester Rodney was,” he said. “He was a soldier and the press was his sword and he was able to galvanize masses of people.”

At age 25 Rodney was hired as the Daily Worker’s first sports editor. He immediately launched a relentless campaign to end the Jim Crow policy that kept baseball segregated….

Rodney, the Daily Worker and supporters led petition drives, rallies and demonstrations for baseball’s integration. Rodney reported about white players and managers who also admitted it was time to integrate. In the face of skepticism Rodney persisted and millions joined the cause….

Jolly Old St. Nick Is A Jolly Old St. Crip Posted: September 01, 2014 at 10:52 AM | 4036 comment(s)
  Beats: politics

Thursday, August 07, 2014

Ohio state senator urges Cleveland Indians to change team name, mascot

Ohio state senator Eric Kearney introduced legislation Wednesday urging the Cleveland Indians to change the team’s name and mascot…

Kearney, a democrat from North Avondale, introduced the legislation while the Indians are playing a series against the Cincinnati Reds, who play near Kearney’s district.

In the resolution, Kearney urges the team to change the name and remove Chief Wahoo, the team’s mascot:

  “A team named the Indians, or one that carries a mascot of a stereotypical Native American caricature, such as Chief Wahoo, is an affront to Native Americans and…An evolving sense of decency and respect demand that the Cleveland Indians change their nickname and mascot.”

The Ohio General Assembly is on summer break.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 07, 2014 at 05:35 PM | 37 comment(s)
  Beats: indians, legislation, mascots, native americans, ohio, politics

Wednesday, August 06, 2014

Royals Hall of Famer Frank White wins first political race

A former ballplayer working in Jackson County politics?

Royals Hall of Famer Frank White swung for the fences and hit a home run in his first bid for political office.

White said he was excited about “the whole experience.”

White beat retired firefighter Sherwood Smith to be the Democratic nominee for an open seat in the Jackson County Legislature. Theresa Garza is not seeking re-election and is expected to run for an open city council seat.

White will face Republican Weldon Woodward on the November ballot. Democrats are typically prohibitive favorites for the seat. That will certainly be the case for White who is one of the most widely known names in the Kansas City area.

White is an eight-time Gold Glove winner. He’s been in the broadcast booth for the Royals and had an administrative role, but had a parting of the ways after being passed over once again for manager. He’s also been affiliated with the T-Bones.

Smith is a longtime leader for the firefighters union. He had entered the race months before White’s surprising announcement.

Smith has racked up significant endorsements including U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-MO, and Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster. He looked tired, but remained upbeat and positive when KCTV5’s Betsy Webster talked about poll numbers, saying he ran a good campaign with limited resources.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 06, 2014 at 10:52 AM | 22 comment(s)
  Beats: frank white, jackson county, kansas city, politics, royals

Friday, August 01, 2014

OT: Politics, August 2014: DNC criticizes Christie’s economic record with baseball video

As Gov. Chris Christie prepares to cap off his trip to New Hampshire tonight with a fundraiser at a minor-league baseball game, the Democratic National Committee has released a online video taking a swing at the Republican governor’s handling of New Jersey’s economy.

The clip is modeled after an old-time newsreel — the kind that would have been shown in movie houses when Babe Ruth ruled the baseball diamond in the 1920s.

It notes that under Christie — a possible candidate for the Republican nomination for president in 2016 — New Jersey has among the highest property taxes and slowest job growth in the U.S.

“On his economic record, Chris Christie strikes out,” the video’s narrator says.

Bitter Mouse Posted: August 01, 2014 at 09:10 AM | 6359 comment(s)
  Beats: new jersey, politics, video

Tuesday, July 01, 2014

OTP - July 2014: Republicans Lose To Democrats For Sixth Straight Year In Congressional Baseball Game

As Time magazine recently reported, Republicans, frustrated by their 22-0 loss in last year’s game, sought a new coach to shake things up on the field this year. Some members even appealed to House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) to fire the coach, Rep. Joe Barton (R-Texas). But Boehner said he wasn’t powerful enough to control the baseball diamond, and Barton refused to walk away after spending 28 years with the game. Instead, he brought on Rep. Roger Williams (R-Texas), a former professional baseball player and coach at Texas Christian University, to coach while he stayed on as the team’s manager.

In the face of Wednesday’s loss, according to The Washington Post, Republicans are once again asking Boehner to remove Barton from the game. But with multiple pitchers giving up walk after walk, it seems that what the Republicans really need is a pitcher who can better match Rep. Cedric Richmond (D-La.), who previously pitched on Morehouse College’s varsity baseball team.

Bitter Mouse Posted: July 01, 2014 at 07:53 AM | 4025 comment(s)
  Beats: politics, winning is fun

Friday, June 20, 2014

As a Clinton staffer, Rahm Emanuel wanted to go after Daryl Strawberry for drugs

Typical spiteful Cubs fan.

The baseball part is his advice about how the Clinton White House should nose itself into baseball and drugs. Not steroids — no one cared about that yet — but about players abusing recreational drugs. Specifically, Daryl Strawberry:

In one 1995 memo, Emanuel even suggested that the president jump into the fray over New York Yankees star Darryl Strawberry testing positive for drugs. He called for Clinton’s drug czar, Lee Brown, to meet with Yankees owner George Steinbrenner and demand that Strawberry perform community service.

Brown publicly stated that the Yankees “have struck out by signing Darryl Strawberry.” But Steinbrenner said Strawberry was “worth saving” and he played for the Yankees for four years.

Pro tip: if George Steinbrenner comes off as the most reasonable guy in your interaction, you got some serious problems.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: June 20, 2014 at 11:05 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: bill clinton, daryl strawberry, drugs, mets, politics, rahm emmanuel

Monday, June 02, 2014

OTP - June 2014: Iraq war costs U.S. more than $2 trillion: study

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The U.S. war in Iraq has cost $1.7 trillion with an additional $490 billion in benefits owed to war veterans, expenses that could grow to more than $6 trillion over the next four decades counting interest, a study released on Thursday said.

The war has killed at least 134,000 Iraqi civilians and may have contributed to the deaths of as many as four times that number, according to the Costs of War Project by the Watson Institute for International Studies at Brown University.

When security forces, insurgents, journalists and humanitarian workers were included, the war’s death toll rose to an estimated 176,000 to 189,000, the study said.

Bitter Mouse Posted: June 02, 2014 at 07:48 AM | 4613 comment(s)
  Beats: otp, politics, stupid ideas

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Reuters: Abe’s new plan to beat deflation: more baseball teams

WHIP deflation now?

A set of recommendations to lift growth in Japan’s economy drafted by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s party seen by Reuters calls for slashing corporate taxes, reforming public pensions, and—in a curve ball—increasing the number of professional baseball teams to 16 from 12.

“Prosperous baseball teams could strengthen attachment to regional cities and help local economies thrive,” said the report, which cited the success of U.S. Major League Baseball in nearly doubling from 16 teams to 30 since the 1960s.

 

Greg Franklin Posted: May 21, 2014 at 10:35 AM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: business, expansion, international, japan, politics

Thursday, May 15, 2014

MLB.com:  Succession committee formed for next Commissioner

Commissioner Bud Selig, who plans to retire in January, announced the formation of a succession committee Thursday as the quarterly Owners Meetings concluded at Major League Baseball headquarters.

The committee will be chaired by Cardinals chairman and chief executive officer Bill DeWitt Jr. and will include six other owners: Dick Montfort of the Rockies, Dave Montgomery of the Phillies, Arte Moreno of the Angels, Bob Nutting of the Pirates, Jim Pohlad of the Twins and Jerry Reinsdorf of the White Sox.

“It’s a committee that really represents, I think, the constituency [of baseball],” Selig said.

Swedish Chef Posted: May 15, 2014 at 03:18 PM | 94 comment(s)
  Beats: baseball operations, business, politics

Saturday, May 03, 2014

[OTP - May 2014] House stadium funding package advances with Cuban baseball player provision

A bill that would enable professional sports franchises to compete for sales tax subsidies cleared a major hurdle Friday, winning overwhelming support in the Florida House.

The tax breaks would be available to professional football, basketball, hockey and soccer teams, as well as professional rodeos and NASCAR-sponsored events.

But baseball teams would have to stay on the bench — unless Major League Baseball changes its rules about Cuban baseball players.

Lawmakers added the stipulation in response to media reports that Cuban outfielder Yasiel Puig had been held hostage by human traffickers while trying to establish residency in Mexico in 2012.

Under Major League Baseball rules, players from Cuba must live in another country before they can become free agents. Cuban players who come directly to the United States are forced into the amateur draft, which limits their salaries.

“Major League Baseball [has] inadvertently created a market for human smuggling and the unequal treatment of Cuban baseball players,” said Rep. José Félix Díaz, R-Miami, who introduced the provision with Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fort Walton Beach. “We’re not going to give away our taxpayer dollars until this ill is corrected.”

In response, the MLB issued the following statement: “While the sponsors of the bill in Florida blame MLB policies for the role of human smugglers, they do not provide any support for their premise that Cuban players must rely on traffickers to defect to countries other than the U.S. such as Mexico or the Dominican Republic, but would not need the assistance of traffickers to reach U.S. soil.”

 

Tripon Posted: May 03, 2014 at 09:38 AM | 4455 comment(s)
  Beats: otp, politics

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