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OTP 2018 March 26: He struck out at baseball, but made it big in politics. Now he’s returned to his first love

In 1937, a group of standouts from the Negro baseball league, as it was known, was lured to the Dominican Republic for a barnstorming tournament against the country’s home-grown talent. Soon enough, the sun-and-fun adventure became a life-and-death proposition; the competition, it turned out, was for the benefit of the homicidal dictator Rafael Trujillo. The instruction given the visiting all-stars was simple: “You better win.”


While baseball is at the heart of the book, “The Pitcher and the Dictator” — the pitcher being the legendary Satchel Paige — the story is about much more, including gunboat diplomacy, the blood-drenched history of the Dominican Republic and, not least, the prevalence of racism and repression in mid-20th century America.


“One of the great ironies,” Smith said in an interview, is the visiting black players were “coming from the land of the free, home of the brave, and they’re going into one of the most repressive dictatorships in the world. Yet in some sense they have more freedom in that repressive dictatorship than they do in the United States.”

(As always, views expressed in the article lede and comments are the views of the individual commenters and the submitter of the article and do not represent the views of Baseball Think Factory or its owner.)

Mellow Mouse, Benevolent Space Tyrant Posted: March 26, 2018 at 08:12 AM | 1703 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: history, negro leagues, off-topic, politics

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   1701. Morty Causa Posted: April 02, 2018 at 10:51 AM (#5646744)
Hey, BDC, How would Auden's syllabus have fared at your university today?

Notice the first comment below the article:

This article is a subtle, sophisticated attempt to denounce and discredit postcolonial literature, ethnic studies, gender studies and more recent postmodern works and disciplines in the academy.

Western canon--we don't need no stinkin' Western canon.

   1702. You Know Nothing JT Snow (YR) Posted: April 02, 2018 at 10:52 AM (#5646745)
Sorry, but she's still trailer trash. She said what she said about Mexicans, and nobody but a racist would make comments like that.

How many Latin American children have you adopted, Andy?


Simon Legree adopted dozens of Negroes but people still call him racist.
   1703. Greg K Posted: April 02, 2018 at 05:59 PM (#5647199)
Heh, as an update on that article on Auden's syllabus.

One of the English profs I had in mind who assigns Auden-like reading lists just posted that same article on facebook.
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