On the first day of the annual three-day Major League Baseball All-Star break, six 10-and-under baseball teams honored the late Jackie Robinson, and all players wore his number 42 at North Commons Park in North Minneapolis Monday evening. The number is permanently retired except for one day each season when every MLB player wears the legendary number on their uniforms. "The … [Read more...]
A space for local and national sports stories — especially as they pertain to African Americans — featuring MSR sports columnists Charles Hallman, Larry Fitzgerald, Sr., Mitchell Palmer McDonald and more!
UPDATE: After this story was published, it was reported that four off-duty police officers walked out of the Lynx game on Saturday, July 9, to protest Lynx players who held a pregame press conference to speak about racial profiling and the fatal shooting of Philando Castile, Alton Sterling and five Dallas police officers last week. On Tuesday, July 12, Minneapolis Police … [Read more...]
Donnell Gibson’s dream has become a reality. The former St. Paul Johnson boys’ basketball standout recently created the Gibson Foundation. The organization was developed last year by Gibson — who currently serves as a behavior intervention specialist at St. Paul Como Park High School — to inspire, nurture and support African youth. Through a partnership with St. Paul … [Read more...]
This column continues the Only One series in which this reporter shares his experiences as the only African American journalist on the scene. We wholeheartedly in 2001 endorsed the idea for an NBA-sponsored minor league. Then-NBA commissioner David Stern boldly predicted that it would become “a true minor league farm system” for his league. The NBA Development … [Read more...]
For 20 weeks, to commemorate the WNBA’s 20th season (the MSR having covered each season), the MSR sports section will feature a column or article on the W in our “20 in 20” series. This week: the Lynx’s winningest Black coach and other team diversity firsts Diversity in the Minnesota Lynx organization for most of its existence since 1999 has been spotty at best: A … [Read more...]