This column continues the Only One series in which this reporter shares his experiences as the only African American journalist on the scene. In August, Cincinnati will host the 2016 Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities (RBI) World Series. The Minnesota Twins RBI program last weekend hosted this year’s RBI Central Regional tournament in both Minneapolis and St. Paul, with 15 … [Read more...]
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Baseball, unlike football and basketball, doesn’t have a fast track to the majors. Torii Hunter was fresh out of high school when the Minnesota Twins drafted him in 1993. After about three years in the minor league, he remembered hitting the frustration wall. He wanted to give up baseball and perhaps head to college and play football, another sport he excelled in during his … [Read more...]
Philando Castile’s would have turned 33 years old Saturday, July 16. Instead, family, friends and thousands of community members attended his funeral two days before. “It was a beautiful moment,” said Antonio Johnson on his cousin’s funeral Thursday in St. Paul, He was one of the pallbearers. “We were like brothers and best friends as well.” He and his cousin Angelique … [Read more...]
We recently found this Associated Press (AP) post-game story: “STATE COLLEGE, Pa. – Dylan Tice was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded with one out in the 11th inning, giving the State College Spikes a 9-8 victory over the Brooklyn Cyclones…” This is part of AP’s new minor league baseball coverage, but with a catch — “automated stories generated by algorithms.” … [Read more...]
Editor’s note: Last week’s national and local incidents of violence have compelled this sportswriter to submit a column unrelated to prep sports. “Be safe.” My mother would say those words to me from early childhood and adolescence well into my adulthood. I admit that I didn’t pay attention to those words. The moment I heard about the police shooting that … [Read more...]