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Elston Howard broke the Yankees’ color-barrier in 1955 | SI.com

In reading an article last week, I came across the name Elston Howard, a catcher who played for the Yankees in the fifties and sixties. April 13, 1955 was a good day for the Yankees. They kicked off their season by trouncing the Washington Senators 19-1 in the Bronx. Mickey Mantle had three hits, including… Read more »

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Adam Jones and baseball’s complex racial future | SI.com

The fans in Boston’s Fenway Park behaved despicable when they hurled racist taunts and a bag of peanuts at Baltimore center fielder Adam Jones. No player should be subjected to that kind of behavior from the fans. Baseball’s problems with race are not confined to the stands behind the visitors’ dugout at Fenway Park. No… Read more »

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Book excerpt: ‘Willie Mays: The Life, The Legend’

In this excerpt from “Willie Mays: The Life, The Legend,” the Hall of Fame center fielder makes “The Catch,” one of the greatest plays in baseball history. Source: Book excerpt: ‘Willie Mays: The Life, The Legend   The term “five-tool player” is used in baseball terminology to describe a player with phenomenal skills. One who… Read more »