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Saturday, April 30, 2016

Who Was Ty Cobb? The History We Know That’s Wrong

But what about Cobb’s 19th-century Southern roots? How could someone born in Georgia in 1886 not be a racist? What I found—and again, not because I am the Babe Ruth of researchers, but because I actually did some research—is that Ty Cobb was descended from a long line of abolitionists. His great-grandfather was a minister who preached against slavery and was run out of town for it. His grandfather refused to fight in the Confederate army because of the slavery issue. And his father was an educator and state senator who spoke up for his black constituents and is known to have once broken up a lynch mob.

zenbitz Posted: April 30, 2016 at 11:31 PM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: history, media, racism, ty cobb

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Jason Heyward blitzed with N-word taunts from Cardinals fans in return to Busch Stadium

Jason Heyward’s return to St. Louis was marred with racial slurs.

In addition to booing, ESPN crowd mics picked up multiple Cardinals fans yelling the N-word at the new Chicago Cubs right fielder, who played last season for the Redbirds.

Heyward — who signed an eight-year, $184 million contract in the offseason — spent just one year with St. Louis.

Sadly, fans who who felt slighted by his so-called betrayal, felt booing wasn’t enough to get their point across.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 19, 2016 at 10:50 AM | 100 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, cubs, jason heyward, racism

Wednesday, December 02, 2015

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 12-2-2015

Milwaukee Sentinel, December 2, 1915:

BASEBALL POPULAR AT UNCLE SAM’S NEW CANAL

There are doubtless many people so “set in their ways” as to insist that no possible good, under any possible circumstances, could come out of Sunday baseball…But the average person, no matter how thoroughly imbued with the idea of the sanctity of the Sabbath, would be convinced by a visit to Panama that in one instance at least Sunday baseball has justified itself.

Before Uncle Sam, armed with his pick and shovel, went down to Panama for the purpose of digging a little ditch across the country, it would have been pretty difficult to find an uglier and more vicious bunch of hombres than the rank and file of the Panamaniacs.
...
Yet at the bottom there was nothing wrong with him—nothing that couldn’t be cured. His mixed Indian, African and Spanish heredity made him inclined to viciousness, and his cruel sports and pastimes added fuel to the flame.

Oh, man, 1915 people. You’re the absolute pits. Thumbs down.

Also, I’m pretty sure there was a vicious and cruel war going on in 1915, started and fought almost exclusively by European white guys.


 

 

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