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What’s come between Blacks and baseball?

Baseball panel members (l-r) LaVelle Neal III, Justice Hill, Gary Washburn, Lea B. Olsen, Rob Parker, Gary Sheffield, Thomas Harding

Why isn’t baseball the American pastime for Blacks? My late father and late uncle hooked me to baseball as a child. The former would listen to Detroit Tigers games on his car radio. My uncle conspicuously planted an egg-colored earphone in his ear connected to his pocket-sized AM transistor radio, also listening to baseball broadcasts. We kids played the sport in the streets, on vacant lots, and sometimes on gravel-lined playgrounds if the gangs weren’t around. Continue Reading →

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Jim “Mudcat” Grant: “You should not let the history of the game get away”

Randi Chapman and Jim "Mudcat" Grant

Randi Chapman of Potomac, Maryland, intended to purchase some team merchandise at the Minnesota Twins stadium store while in town on business. As she left the store, Jim “Mudcat” Grant was selling books outside, in between late afternoon showers before a Twins game. Continue Reading →

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Gopher volleyball players of color at all-time high

Taylor Morgan

Three of the six newcomers on the 2015 U of M volleyball team are Blacks: Toni Alugbue, Taylor Morgan and Kayla Buford join holdovers Daly Santana and Dalianliz Rosado as the most players of color in Gopher Women’s Volleyball Head Coach Hugh McCutcheon’s four-year tenure. Continue Reading →

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