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Wednesday, January 27, 2021

Sporting News supports proposal to remove J.G. Taylor Spink name from BBWAA award

Spink was the publisher of the largest, most powerful baseball publication in the country for nearly half a century, and he used that position to strongly advocate against the integration of the sport. In the decades before Jackie Robinson’s debut, Spink largely ignored the Negro Leagues and its players and used his publication to sustain negative — and untrue — stereotypes of not just Negro League ballplayers, but also Black Americans in general.

This decision isn’t made lightly, or without considerable research, reflection and conversation. Spink’s uncle (Al) and father (Charles) founded the company that Jason, Joe and I work for now. Taylor Spink took over as publisher of The Sporting News after Charles’ death in 1914 and held the role until his own passing in 1962. Under his direction, The Sporting News became the unquestioned best source of baseball information, from the National and American Leagues all the way down to the lowest levels of Organized Baseball.

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   1. winnipegwhip Posted: January 27, 2021 at 05:26 PM (#6002281)
In related news, National Lampoon renounced the films of Doug Kinney because of his insensitive articles during his time with the magazine.

The descendents of Thurgood Marshall approve of the action.
   2. Jay Z Posted: January 27, 2021 at 08:42 PM (#6002317)
If they want to remove stuff from the past, they should probably remove The Sporting News' name as well.
   3. ramifications of an exciting 57i66135 Posted: January 27, 2021 at 09:45 PM (#6002327)
be less shitty.
   4. Mayor Blomberg Posted: January 27, 2021 at 11:05 PM (#6002345)
So Spink wrote Aviam Soifer's essay 6 Cardozo L Rev 865, but not as parody.
   5. reech Posted: January 28, 2021 at 10:38 AM (#6002404)

So Spink wrote Aviam Soifer's essay 6 Cardozo L Rev 865, but not as parody.


I stopped reading when I go to this:
In fact, Branch Rickey may be considered the worst racist.
   6. Mayor Blomberg Posted: January 28, 2021 at 12:07 PM (#6002431)
fits in a parody as it does not in Spink's earnest argument.
   7. Der-K's emotional investment is way up Posted: January 28, 2021 at 12:51 PM (#6002450)
57i66135 is correct
   8. Zonk is now Unified Posted: January 28, 2021 at 02:11 PM (#6002465)
If nothing else, at least this clarifies for me why an award I was vaguely aware for baseball writing was named after a boxer.


   9. Gonfalon Bubble Posted: January 28, 2021 at 03:39 PM (#6002476)
"Spink" sounds like a creature that Lewis Carroll made up. Avoid the conflumious spink.
   10. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: January 28, 2021 at 06:37 PM (#6002524)
If nothing else, at least this clarifies for me why an award I was vaguely aware for baseball writing was named after a boxer.


So, we're all agreed? We rename the award for Leon Spinks and everyone's cool?
   11. AndrewJ Posted: January 28, 2021 at 07:22 PM (#6002530)
I understand they're now going to call it the Freedom Fries Award...
   12. ERROR---Jolly Old St. Nick Posted: January 29, 2021 at 09:39 AM (#6002578)
Stalin would've wholeheartedly approved of this move. OTOH The Sporting News has been so irrelevant for the past several decades that it hardly even matters what its current editors think or do. Spink's place in baseball history doesn't require their approval.

I stopped reading when I go to this:

In fact, Branch Rickey may be considered the worst racist.


Christ, the magazine even spelled Rickey's name wrong ("Ricky") at the top of the subsequent pages. Of course the article itself is pidgin left wing gibberish, but that's hardly surprising.
   13. Mayor Blomberg Posted: January 29, 2021 at 12:07 PM (#6002629)
par·o·dy
/ˈperədē/
Learn to pronounce
noun
noun: parody; plural noun: parodies

an imitation of the style of a particular writer, artist, or genre with deliberate exaggeration for comic effect.
"the movie is a parody of the horror genre"

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