Monday, February 27, 2006
On the Less serious side, a baseball post.
I saw the article headline:
First woman among 17 elected to baseball Hall of Fame (link)
Now, anyone who knows me knows that I love baseball. Man O' man do I! In the interest of full disclosure, I am a Yankee fan. My grandfather was born in 1910 and was a Yankee fan his whole life. He passed it onto my twin sister and I.
But the article above speaks of Effa Manley the owner of the Newark Eagles of the Negro Leagues. In addition to her, many other Negro League players are to be inducted...that always makes me happy. They were great players and great men. And Mrs. Manley was an amazing woman. Negro League players and executives going in this year are:
To some people those names are unknown, but I love baseball and it's history and WOW! That is the most star studded class since the very first.
The great players who were not allowed to play in the MLB should be right there in the hall of fame. As was said at the funeral for a former negro league great:
"it is sad you guys didn't get to play against the best." The response, "Who says we didn't."
But Buck O' Neil was not inducted. He, for those who don't know, was not as good as the other players. He was good. Maybe great. But not hall of fame. Not as a player...but he is responsible for the movement that got everyone else in. If you ever have a chance to listen to an interview with the man, do so.
He is a living font of baseball history, and a good man. His book, "I was right on time." is a must read for a baseball fan. Buck O' Neil loves life, and honors the memory of all those who played with him. He'll get in someday...but you know, Buck is probably just happy for the others right now.
The man in the picture is Satchel Paige. The greatest pitcher, of any race, to ever play the game.
Posted by DavidNic at 4:46 PM