As such, racism and anti-union sentiment are part of the process of the vote for the HOF simply because the overwhelming majority of BBWA writers were and are white reporters who are employed by the huge capitalist corporate media.
...The owners embarked on this course, with the aid of Joe McCarthy-style congressional hearings. Those hearings, headed by Senator John McCain, dragged star players like Mark McGwire in front of a nationwide media frenzy on supposed performance enhancing drugs (PEDs), as a way to put the players and their union in as unfavorable light as possible.
The big-business media, using racism as their ultimate weapon, then embarked on an almost decade-long attack on Black baseball player Barry Bonds, the greatest baseball player in the modern era. This attack on Barry Bonds culminated in him first being “blacklisted” from Major League Baseball and then indicted in federal court. While no such witch-hunt was directed at Roger Clemens during his career, where he was the greatest pitcher in the history of the game, Clemens also became the subject of the witch-hunt after his retirement. Both Bonds and Clemens had to endure being indicted and tried. Neither player was ever convicted of using PEDs at those trials.
...No one should visit the Baseball Hall of Fame until Barry Bonds is elected and his plaque shown as prominently as it rightfully should. No one should visit the Baseball Hall of Shame until Dick Allen is elected. In my opinion, the greatest racist shame in the history of HOF voting was the treatment of Dick Allen. Allen was one of the greatest hitters in the history of the game, but he first arrived in the Major Leagues in 1963, at a critical moment in the history of the civil rights struggle of the 1960s.
He refused to bow his head in subservience and was treated by baseball writers with utmost contempt. Their hatred of Dick Allen, to this day, is reflected in the door to the HOF being closed to him. That is an injustice that requires rectification! Until that is done, the HOF will remain, in my mind, the “Hall of Shame!”
Posted: January 18, 2013 at 05:36 AM | 52 comment(s)
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