On this date in 1881, one of the most impactful men in the 20th century and baseball history was born: Branch Rickey. Most Americans know him as the man who signed Jackie Robinson, thereby integrating Major League Baseball and providing an essential catalyst for the civil rights movement that was finding momentum far too slowly […]Read More Branch Rickey: A Man Who Made America and Baseball Better
If you have seen much footage of the “Greatest moments in baseball history” or anything of the sort, you have probably watched baseball’s version of “The shot heard round the world.” It was October 3, 1951, the Giants and Dodgers were playing one final game that would decide who would represent the National League in […]Read More Ralph Branca: When a Second Look Reveals a Hero
History has an interesting, often unspoken power. It is the capacity to determine which stories to tell, and which to not. Text book writers, history teachers, monument builders, film makers, etc. all have the tremendous responsibility to decide what we see, hear, and learn. For example, there are few Americans who don’t know who Jackie […]Read More Happy Birthday to Kenny Washington, the First African American in the Modern N.F.L.