Remembering the forgotten Black heroes of baseball

Ask anyone who the original baseball great is and they’ll tell you the same name: Babe Ruth.



Earlier this year, MLB teams wore Negro National League throwback jerseys with a badge commemorating the centennary of the league.


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Earlier this year, MLB teams wore Negro National League throwback jerseys with a badge commemorating the centennary of the league.

A seven-time World Series champion with the Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees, and a 12-time American League (AL) home run leader, Ruth played in Major League Baseball from the age of 19 until he was 40.



a group of baseball players posing for a photo: Under the ownership and management of Rube Foster, the Chicago American Giants won the first three Negro National League championships from 1920-22.


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Under the ownership and management of Rube Foster, the Chicago American Giants won the first three Negro National League championships from 1920-22.

Ruth was a vaulted star of baseball, the first great sports star in American history. He was baseball’s Michael Jordan before the Chicago Bulls great’s father was even born.

He is undoubtedly a great of the game, yet he played at a

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MLB notebook: Twins, closer Rogers agree to deal | Baseball

Drug tests down, as expected

Major League Baseball’s number of drug tests dropped sharply during the novel coronavirus pandemic.

There were 3,733 urine samples and 412 blood samples for human growth hormone testing collected during the year ending with the World Series, independent program administrator Thomas M. Martin said in his annual report this week. That was down from 9,332 urine samples and 2,287 blood samples in the year ending with the 2019 World Series.

“The lower testing numbers were a result of the COVID-19 pandemic as well as the extended closure of the WADA-accredited anti-doping laboratory in Montreal,” Martin wrote.

Spring training was interrupted in mid-March and the start of the regular season was delayed from late March until late July. Each team’s schedule was cut from 162 games to 60.

There were 10 positive tests for performance-enhancing substances: two for Stanozolol (New York Mets second baseman Robinson Canó

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AP source: Twins, closer Rogers agree to $6 million contract | Baseball



AP source: Twins, closer Rogers agree to $6 million contract

FILE – In this Aug. 16, 2020, file photo, Minnesota Twins pitcher Taylor Rogers throws to a Kansas City Royals batter during the eighth inning of a baseball game in Minneapolis. The Twins and closer Rogers have agreed to a $6 million, one-year contract, according to a person with knowledge of the deal. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the contract had not yet been finalized.




MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Twins and closer Taylor Rogers agreed to terms Thursday on a $6 million, one-year contract, according to a person with knowledge of the deal.

The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the contract had not yet been finalized.

Rogers compiled a 4.05 ERA in 21 appearances with nine saves and two blown chances during the abbreviated 60-game season.

The left-hander

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Staten Island Yankees cease operations, sue New York Yankees, Major League Baseball

The Staten Island Yankees, the former short-season Class A affiliate of the New York Yankees, announced Thursday that the organization is ceasing operations and filed a lawsuit against its former parent club – as well as Major League Baseball.

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The Yankees announced on Nov. 7 that they would be moving their affiliate from Staten Island to Hudson Valley, New York, for the 2021 season, angering the minor-league club, which said it had been previously unaware of the decision.

In a statement released Thursday, the Staten Island team said it still had not heard from the Yankees directly.

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“It would appear from their (Nov. 7) press release that they would like us to go from the past arrangement in

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Mariners baseball ops promotions 2020

Brendan Domaracki, who previously oversaw the Mariners’ East Coast scouting operations, was promoted to the club’s director of player personnel and will be in charge of the entire professional scouting department as well as playing a key role in player procurement.
While the Mariners are restructuring their scouting department, Domaracki

Brendan Domaracki, who previously oversaw the Mariners’ East Coast scouting operations, was promoted to the club’s director of player personnel and will be in charge of the entire professional scouting department as well as playing a key role in player procurement.

While the Mariners are restructuring their scouting department, Domaracki will help fill the role previously held by vice president of scouting Tom Allison, whose contract was not renewed in October after eight seasons with the organization.

Domaracki, who graduated from Stanford in 2008 with a degree in economics, is entering his fifth season with the Mariners. He previously spent

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Cleveland baseball team still considering a name change

The Cleveland baseball organization is still discussing a possible name change, with no firm timetable in place.





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Prior to the start of the 2020 MLB season, the Cleveland baseball organization discussed possibly changing their name. The discussions began after seeing the Washington NFL franchise transition from their previous name to the Washington Football Team. But where do things stand as of December?

Cleveland team president Chris Antonetti told the media on Thursday that discussions on a name change are still ongoing, but there’s no official timetable for when a decision will be finalized.

Cleveland still weighing its options

“We continue to work through that process,” Antonetti said, via WKYC 3 Studios. “As we shared, we wanted to make sure we were thoughtful and connecting with

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Dick Allen’s Cooperstown backers want a virtual vote this month, but the Baseball Hall of Fame isn’t having it

The electronic billboard that flashed last month over the Vine Street Expressway was not stressing patience. Dick Allen belongs in the Baseball Hall of Fame, the sign read in bright red letters, and the former Phillies slugger belongs there “NOW!”



a group of people walking in front of a brick building: Allen (seated) says he does not dwell on his chances of getting into the Baseball Hall of Fame: "To me, the way that it’s going, it could be a little political, the way [the Baseball Hall of Fame] does things. But, however, it’s beyond me. I pay no attention to it.”


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Allen (seated) says he does not dwell on his chances of getting into the Baseball Hall of Fame: “To me, the way that it’s going, it could be a little political, the way [the Baseball Hall of Fame] does things. But, however, it’s beyond me. I pay no attention to it.”

Allen’s Hall of Fame quest is now 22 years longer than his 15-year playing career and patience among his supporters — who paid for the billboard — is running thin. But despite the billboard’s request for immediacy, Allen’s fans will have to wait at least one more year for him to take another swing

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Pirates agree to deals with Taillon, Gonzalez and Feliz | Baseball

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Dodgers acquire Knebel, agree with Alexander on $1M deal | Baseball

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Los Angeles Dodgers acquired reliever Corey Knebel from the Milwaukee Brewers on Wednesday for a player to be named or cash.

Coming off their first World Series championship since 1988, the Dodgers also agreed with reliever Scott Alexander on a one-year deal for $1 million, avoiding arbitration with the left-hander before Wednesday night’s deadline for teams to offer 2021 contracts to their unsigned players.

The 29-year-old Knebel was an All-Star in 2017 and a key part of the Brewers’ bullpen during their run to the 2018

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Bill Spanswick Dies; Enfield’s Only Major League Baseball Player

ENFIELD, CT — Bill Spanswick, the only Enfield product ever to play Major League Baseball and a charter inductee of the Enfield Athletic Hall of Fame, passed away Wednesday. He was 82.



a man wearing a baseball hat: Enfield High School graduate Bill Spanswick, who pitched for the Boston Red Sox, has passed away.


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Enfield High School graduate Bill Spanswick, who pitched for the Boston Red Sox, has passed away.

News of Spanswick’s passing was announced Wednesday night on Facebook by his nephew Jeff, a fellow Hall of Famer, who posted his uncle’s 1965 Topps baseball card with the words, “Best in my book…love that guy. Great uncle…better friend. U will be missed. Love u crow…Definitely one of my heroes growing up. Wanted to be just like him.”

A 3-sport standout at Enfield High School, the 6-foot-3 left-handed throwing Spanswick led the Raider baseball squad to the 1956 Valley Wheel championship, compiling a 9-1 record including a no-hitter and seven one-hitters, along with a 56-inning scoreless streak. He

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