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Mark Blauer, a SABR member who is currently writing a history of African American baseball in Hot Springs, Arkansas, sent along these two photos of unidentified ball players, plus a couple of (also unidentified) guys in suits: Here’s Mark: “These... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Agate Type
Very briefly, I want to call attention to a new(ish) feature on the right hand side of the blog, “Bingles,” which is where I put links to noteworthy items related to this blog’s areas of interest (especially black, Latin American,... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Agate Type
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(See UPDATE below.) The 29-year-old rookie Pat Venditte caused a stir the other day with his ambidextrous debut for the A’s, pitching two scoreless innings against the Red Sox with both his right and left hands. (He has since appeared... Continue reading
Posted Jun 8, 2015 at Agate Type
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Dwayne Isgrig sent along this advert from the Delphi Journal (Delphi, Indiana), August 1, 1912. The ad includes both the photo of Dizzy Dismukes I posted a while back and one of Steel Arm John Taylor pitching, an image I’ve... Continue reading
Posted May 8, 2015 at Agate Type
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Brian Campf has shared one of his latest acquisitions, a 1914 postcard showing the Hubbard Giants of Portland, Oregon, featuring Jimmy Claxton (bottom row, farthest right). Here’s a detail of Claxton: And for comparison, here’s a photo of the Hubbard... Continue reading
Posted Apr 28, 2015 at Agate Type
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A while back I wrote about Benjamin Harrison attending a New York Gorhams game in 1891, which appears to be the only instance of a sitting U.S. president watching a professional all-black baseball team play. Harrison saw the Gorhams defeat... Continue reading
Posted Mar 25, 2015 at Agate Type
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A few weeks ago, writing about the Eastern Colored League’s failed 1926 entry, the Newark Stars, I commented that their main claim to fame was hiring Sol White for what would be his last job in organized baseball. As it... Continue reading
Posted Feb 19, 2015 at Agate Type
(Crossposted at Seamheads.com) New to the Seamheads Negro Leagues Database: the 1931 eastern black teams. Once again, there was no league on the east coast. As in the case of 1930, we are at this time including only games between... Continue reading
Posted Feb 11, 2015 at Agate Type
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From the Outsider Baseball Bulletin, Vol. 1, No. 9 (August 4, 2010): This is the death certificate for Cristóbal Torriente, showing that he passed away of pulmonary tuberculosis at Riverside Hospital in the Bronx on April 11, 1938, having been... Continue reading
Posted Feb 5, 2015 at Agate Type
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While researching the 1930 Negro leagues recently, I was checking a Brooklyn newspaper for a doubleheader between the Stars of Cuba and the Brooklyn Royal Giants. On the same page as the Negro league box scores I was surprised to... Continue reading
Posted Jan 26, 2015 at Agate Type
(Crossposted at Seamheads.com) We’ve added games between the 1930 eastern Negro league teams to the Seamheads Negro Leagues Database. It was an astonishing year in black baseball history, a year that saw the first Negro league games played at night,... Continue reading
Posted Jan 25, 2015 at Agate Type
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From the Baltimore Afro-American, October 2, 1926, a case of premature advertising: Continue reading
Posted Dec 27, 2014 at Agate Type
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From Daniel Okrent’s 1989 book Baseball Anecdotes, p. 72: You might be expecting a Bill James or Rob Neyer-style debunking in which I demonstrate that no such thing ever happened, or that the circumstances were totally different, or whatever. Actually,... Continue reading
Posted Nov 26, 2014 at Agate Type
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Doing some research recently I was surprised to run into this photo, which I’ve never seen, of Dizzy Dismukes with the West Baden Sprudels in 1912. (Indianapolis News, September 28, 1912, p. 10) Continue reading
Posted Nov 19, 2014 at Agate Type
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Bud Clark of the Los Angeles Giants (Los Angeles Herald, October 25, 1908, p. 24); Walter Johnson, shown in the uniform of the Kids of Weiser, an Idaho team, in 1906-07. Nearly two years ago I wrote about Walter Johnson... Continue reading
Posted Nov 5, 2014 at Agate Type
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(Crossposted at Seamheads.com) The newest addition to the Negro Leagues DB, the 1926 Eastern Colored League (the Negro National League and World Series will arrive later), showcases the Atlantic City Bacharach Giants' breakthrough season. After three years of playing .500... Continue reading
Posted Nov 4, 2014 at Agate Type
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In June 1919, the San Antonio Black Aces of the Texas Negro League raided the Waco Black Navigators for six players, the core of their team: “the famous ‘Highpockets’, who goes by the name of Hudspeth,” along with “Catcher Mackey,... Continue reading
Posted Nov 3, 2014 at Agate Type
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James Tate sent me this photo a while back (almost two years ago, actually). I was able to confirm for him that the Almendares player on the right was definitely the father of Omara Portuondo. But the guy on the... Continue reading
Posted Nov 3, 2014 at Agate Type
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In the 1920s the Kansas City Monarchs had two right-handed pitchers from Texas named Bell, Cliff and William. They were unrelated, though the press liked to call them the “Bell Brothers.” William, nicknamed “W.” supposedly because he won so often,... Continue reading
Posted Oct 18, 2014 at Agate Type
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Here’s a photograph from Brian Campf, who recently obtained it from friends in Puerto Rico. It shows Josh Gibson shaking hands with Pedrín Zorrilla, a Shell Oil executive and owner of the Santurce Cangrejeros of the Puerto Rican Winter League.... Continue reading
Posted Oct 17, 2014 at Agate Type
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Just ran across this item, from Hake’s spring auction. It’s a passport document, or proof of Cuban citizenship, for the great Cuban outfielder Alejandro Oms when he travelled to the Dominican Republic in 1929. It includes a fantastic photo of... Continue reading
Posted Oct 16, 2014 at Agate Type
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In the comments to this post Rob Fitts m... Continue reading
Posted Oct 12, 2014 at Agate Type
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(Crossposted at Seamheads.com) This week we add the 1936 Negro National League to the Seamheads Negro Leagues Database. The season started with a major defection: the Chicago American Giants, founding members of the league back in 1933, and the oldest... Continue reading
Posted Oct 9, 2014 at Agate Type
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Ryan Whirty has been looking into the deaths of Dick Redding and Sol White, both of whom passed away in mental hospitals on Long Island, within a few years of each other. For some time researchers of Dick Redding have... Continue reading
Posted Oct 9, 2014 at Agate Type