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Tuesday, August 06, 2013

Obama honors Negro League players at White House

President Minnie Minoso will now take some questions.

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Former baseball player in the Negro League Minnie Minoso, stands behind the podium and jokingly gives a speech during his visit to the West Wing of the White House in Washington following his meeting with President Barack Obama, Monday, Aug. 5, 2013. Minoso, who also played major leagues with the Chicago White Sox, is the only ball player to appear professionally in seven different decades

...President Barack Obama on Monday honored former baseball players in the Negro League, a haven for African-American players who for decades were prevented from competing with white players in professional baseball.

The White House said Obama invited about a dozen players to the White House to mark their contributions to American history, civil rights and athletics. The players competed for teams like the Philadelphia Stars, New York Black Yankees, Indianapolis Clowns and Boston Blues.

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   1. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 06, 2013 at 01:57 PM (#4514350)
MINNIE MINOSO MADE A MOCKERY OF THE GAME, MR. PRESIDENT
   2. eddieot Posted: August 06, 2013 at 02:09 PM (#4514360)
Can't wait to read the comments section for this story on Fox Nation...
   3. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: August 06, 2013 at 02:10 PM (#4514364)
"Wow, I've never seen the Secret Service tackle an 87-year-old man before."
   4. There are a lot of good people in alt-Shooty Posted: August 06, 2013 at 02:11 PM (#4514365)
Can't wait to read the comments section for this story on Fox Nation...

Why would you ever do that to yourself?

Anyway, a nice gesture. It's a national shame we had need for the Negro Leagues, but I think we're richer for having had them, if that makes sense.
   5. GregD Posted: August 06, 2013 at 02:15 PM (#4514370)
Minnie is probably still talking...perhaps the most expansive talker I've ever had the chance to meet.
   6. EddieA Posted: August 06, 2013 at 02:17 PM (#4514375)
I like Minnie's sense of humor too. That's a great picture.
   7. The District Attorney Posted: August 06, 2013 at 02:18 PM (#4514376)
This should have been a thing all along, where every few years Minnie Minoso makes a token appearance as the President.
   8. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: August 06, 2013 at 02:54 PM (#4514417)

This should have been a thing all along, where every few years Minnie Minoso makes a token appearance as the President.


And then takes an at-bat for the White Sox later that night.
   9. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 06, 2013 at 02:56 PM (#4514422)

And then takes an at-bat for the White Sox later that night.


Certainly an upgrade over Jeff Keppinger.
   10. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: August 06, 2013 at 03:03 PM (#4514428)
Indeed. And the physical ravages of being an 87-year-old don't mean a thing - it all comes down to the Will to Win, right, Hawk?
   11. vortex of dissipation Posted: August 06, 2013 at 03:09 PM (#4514433)
And the physical ravages of being an 87-year-old don't mean a thing - it all comes down to the Will to Win, right, Hawk?


Minnie was still playing during Hawk's first two seasons in the AL. And during those years, Minnie had the higher OPS+.
   12. Jesse Barfield's Right Arm Posted: August 06, 2013 at 03:11 PM (#4514434)
It's a national shame we had need for the Negro Leagues, but I think we're richer for having had them, if that makes sense.


That's not too far from the point made by Neil Lanctot in his book "The Negro Leagues: The Rise and Fall of a Black Institution." Or more like the fact that the Negro Leagues represented a tremendously important home-grown business for black America, that seemed to finally be settling into its own just about the time of Robinson. I'd have rather never had segregated baseball obviously, but if it had to happen, the "richness" of the Negro Leagues is one of the great triumphs in the face of adversity in the history of sports.
   13. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 06, 2013 at 03:17 PM (#4514438)

That's not too far from the point made by Neil Lanctot in his book "The Negro Leagues: The Rise and Fall of a Black Institution." Or more like the fact that the Negro Leagues represented a tremendously important home-grown business for black America, that seemed to finally be settling into its own just about the time of Robinson. I'd have rather never had segregated baseball obviously, but if it had to happen, the "richness" of the Negro Leagues is one of the great triumphs in the face of adversity in the history of sports.


Not just baseball either, but didn't Jim Crow laws force a lot of African-Americans to become small business owners? Not that I long for the return to those days.
   14. CFBF Rides The Zombie Ice Dragon Posted: August 06, 2013 at 03:27 PM (#4514450)
ROYALSRETRO CALLS FOR RETURN TO JIM CROW LAWS, MR. PRESIDENT.
   15. Random Transaction Generator Posted: August 06, 2013 at 03:28 PM (#4514451)
ROYALSRETRO (AG#1F) THINKS BLACKS SHOULDN'T OWN BUSINESSES!

Sorry...I was just practicing my comment section writing for news websites.

Edit: Damn you CFBF! Have a Coke and smile, on me.
   16. Jim Overmyer Posted: August 06, 2013 at 04:18 PM (#4514511)
Negro League baseball was just one type of thriving business that grew up in urban black communities either because of outright segregation or a lack of interest by the white community in providing a service to the black part of town. The ranks included weekly newspapers (some with nearly national circulations), hotels, banks, hospitals, night clubs, insurance and real estate companies and funeral homes.

Their fates were similar to that of the baseball leagues once their economic segments were integrated. It's a story of hope (integration) and sadness (the end of these institutions, which contained many notable journalists, ballplayers, entertainers, etc.)

Neil Lanctot's book, by the way, is an excellent account of this from the baseball viewpoint, and should be read by anyone interested in the Negro Leagues period.
   17. God Posted: August 06, 2013 at 05:00 PM (#4514547)
That is the greatest photo. It looks like it's from some sci-fi flick where a meteor is about to hit the earth and Minnie Minoso has somehow become president.
   18. Rickey! the first of his name Posted: August 06, 2013 at 05:06 PM (#4514552)
That is the greatest photo. It looks like it's from some sci-fi flick where a meteor is about to hit the earth and Minnie Minoso has somehow become president.


I'd watch that.
   19. Dale Sams Posted: August 06, 2013 at 07:21 PM (#4514625)
"In other news, the President resigned several agreements to fund African despots."
   20. The Yankee Clapper Posted: August 06, 2013 at 08:28 PM (#4514679)
That is the greatest photo. It looks like it's from some sci-fi flick where a meteor is about to hit the earth and Minnie Minoso has somehow become president.

Could be used for one of those articles on how the burdens of office (and the passage of time) ages a President.
   21. Publius Publicola Posted: August 06, 2013 at 09:20 PM (#4514751)
YC, I'm surprised you're not complaining about why Obama has the time to do this but not have time to lower unemployment, defeat Al Queda, discover a universal cure for every human disease and turn yardwaste into platinum.
   22. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 06, 2013 at 09:31 PM (#4514784)
No surprise, but God gets a primey for #17.
   23. Jesse Barfield's Right Arm Posted: August 06, 2013 at 09:42 PM (#4514794)
That is the greatest photo. It looks like it's from some sci-fi flick where a meteor is about to hit the earth and Minnie Minoso has somehow become president.


Reminds me of the Patton Oswalt birthday riff where anyone who lives to 110 gets to be President.
   24. Tubbs is Bobby Grich when he flys off the handle Posted: August 06, 2013 at 10:38 PM (#4514877)
Minoso may get into Cooperstown on the next Golden Era ballot. On the last Golden Era election, Santo got 93.8%, Kaat got 62.5%, Minnie and Gil got 56.3%, and Oliva 50%. With Santo in it will be interesting to see if any will get the extra support to make it. He looks pretty sharp for 87 but I still hope he makes it on the next one.
   25. Ivan Grushenko of Hong Kong Posted: August 07, 2013 at 11:08 AM (#4515092)
If Minnie gets into the HOF, I hope it's while he's still alive. I was surprised to learn he hadn't been inducted decades ago.
   26. Tubbs is Bobby Grich when he flys off the handle Posted: August 07, 2013 at 12:28 PM (#4515189)
I know Jerry Reinsdorf was pushing real hard to get met Minnie in on the last vote but that vote was all about (posthumously) putting the long overdue Santo in. Hopefully, Reinsdorf will work hard behind the scenes to ensure that Minnie gets in on the next vote. Minnie should have got in with the Negro League vote in '03 but I'm not sure if he was eligible for that though Buck O'Neil was and the voters somehow overlooked him too
   27. Crispix reaches boiling point with lackluster play Posted: August 07, 2013 at 12:34 PM (#4515202)
That is the greatest photo. It looks like it's from some sci-fi flick where a meteor is about to hit the earth and Minnie Minoso has somehow become president.

"The aliens are demanding that they be allowed to take a ceremonial at-bat in each of the next five decades or they will blow up New Yankee Stadium. We have all the paperwork ready, but that loose cannon Bud Selig insists it would make a mockery of the sport."
   28. simpleton & childlike gef the talking mongoose Posted: August 07, 2013 at 01:06 PM (#4515234)
No surprise, but God gets a primey for #17.


Sucking up to God, are we?

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