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Baseball, Faith and Sports, Gospel Music -

A look at the intersection of sports, faith and religion Growing up, all Todd Dulaney wanted to do was play professional baseball. When he was drafted by the New York Mets in 2002, the second baseman was in seventh heaven. But it was his initial meeting with famed pitcher Pedro Martinez that had a lasting […]

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baseball, deaths, san francisco giants, willie mccovey -

San Francisco Giants legend and Baseball Hall of Famer Willie McCovey died today in a Bay Area hospital after losing what his former team called a “long battle with many health issues.” He was 80 years old.

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Baseball, Little League World Series, Mo'ne Davis, Women's Sports -

It’s been four years since Mo’ne Davis hurled her way into the annals of the Little League World Series and the hearts of the sports world. Armed with a 70-plus mph fastball, the 13-year-old right-hander completed six innings of two-hit, eight-strikeout baseball to lead the Taney Dragons of Philadelphia to a 4-0 win over South […]

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Baseball, Bob Gibson, MLB, St. Louis Cardinals -

Fifty years ago, on Oct. 2, 1968, Cardinals ace Bob Gibson stood on the mound at Busch Stadium in St. Louis for Game 1 of the World Series. The 6-foot-2 Gibson glared toward the plate, his jaw dripping with sweat, his cap pulled low over his face. Batters stood in against Gibson with trepidation, facing […]

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Atlanta, Baseball -

Mike Brown had just been shot. Across the country, the black community’s relationship with police departments had not been that strained since three officers were acquitted in the 1991 beating of Rodney King. In Atlanta, a former Chicago Cubs outfielder decided to channel his love for baseball into a way for both sides to see […]

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Baseball, Little League World Series, Mamie 'Peanut' Johnson, Mamie Johnson Little League -

On July 24, the Mamie Johnson Little League (MJLL) team based in Washington, D.C., defeated the Capitol Hill squad to win the District’s Little League championship. This wouldn’t be major news in any other year since the District champion has never advanced to the Little League World Series. But MJLL is different from all those […]

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@AP, Baseball, MLB, News, Racism, Sports, Trea Turner, Twitter, Video -

Nationals shortstop Trea Turner apologized Sunday night for some years-old homophobic and racially insensitive tweets.

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Baseball, Little League, Long Time Coming, MLB, MLB All-Star Game, Orlando Kiwanis, Pensacola Jaycees -

Fred L. Hicks and the 12 boys on his Pensacola Jaycee Little League Baseball team had their “hearts in their mouths.” Little more than 24 hours earlier on Aug. 6, 1955, the Little League headquarters directed the Florida state tournament supervisor to declare Hicks’ team the Northwest Florida region champions. The newly crowned squad was […]

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Baseball, Golden State Warriors, MLB, Oakland Athletics, Oakland Raiders, Taj Tashombe -

Rhonda Morris has deep childhood memories of Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum and the Oakland Athletics. Team owner Charlie Finley would make the players sit at folding tables around the concession stands on Saturdays and talk to the kids and sign the A’s magazine. That was the first time Morris met Hall of Famer Rickey Henderson. She […]

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Atlanta Braves, Baseball, Ken Griffey Jr., MLB, Ronald Acuna, Style, Uniforms -

The baseball cap seems innocuous enough. A brimmed hat emblazoned with a team logo for players to wear while on the field for protection from the sun. Simple. But over the past couple of decades, the baseball cap has become a lightning rod. Depending on the direction it is turned, or who wears it, the […]

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Baseball, Commentary, Opening Day -

For some people, Opening Day of the Major League Baseball season is amateur hour. Like New Year’s Eve, driver’s ed courses and cooking classes. You show up, complete the task, then claim for the rest of that particular time cycle that you’re good because you’ve completed the requirements of being a baseball fan. But for […]

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Atlanta, Baseball, Donald Glover, Los Angeles, Serena Williams, Television -

After making fans wait a wee bit longer for a new season of one of the hottest new shows, Donald Glover’s excellent Atlanta finally returns next month — and sports will play a major role. The creator and star of FX’s hot show about a Princeton-educated dropout trying to boost his cousin’s would-be local rap […]

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Baseball, Dream Series, Jerry Manuel, MLB, State of the Black Athlete -

This is the first in a series “Where are the black ballplayers?” in which we dive deep into the current state of affairs for African-American baseball players from the United States. Ostensibly, numbers have been dwindling for the better part of two decades and Major League Baseball announced a task force to combat the issue […]

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Baseball, Jo Adell, Jordon Adell, Los Angeles Angels, MLB -

When we last visited Jordon “Jo” Adell, the recent high school graduate was training just outside of Miami on the eve of the 2017 MLB draft. Adell eventually was selected by the Los Angeles Angels with the 10th pick, received a signing bonus worth $4.3 million and had a successful first year of professional baseball, […]

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Baseball, Baseball Hall of Fame, Cincinnati Reds, Dave Parker, MLB, Pittsburgh Pirates -

CINCINNATI — The hot-trotting, earring-wearing, Muhammad Ali-rhyming Dave Parker of the 1970s and early ’80s now has a measured stroll, and the once-booming voice that demanded attention and produced echoes of laughter throughout major league clubhouses is turned down a few decibels. But Parker still has that swag and wit. The man who once terrorized […]

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Baseball, Hubert Humphrey, Jackie Robinson, Politics, Richard Nixon -

In October 1968, Jack Roosevelt Robinson, the man who had changed baseball and American sports forever, was 12 years into retirement and ready to return to the World Series. In his years away from the game he had grown sickly and dispirited, riddled by diabetes and heartbroken over family trials. The man who once stood […]

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Baseball, Carlos Beltran, Houston Astros, MLB, MLB Playoffs -

Carlos Beltrán is going out on top. After an accomplished 20-year career in major league baseball, the center fielder and Houston Astros designated hitter wrote in The Players’ Tribune on Monday that he has decided to call it quits. Beltrán retires after an illustrious career, one that actually didn’t involve going through Triple-A. So we’ve […]

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Baseball, Diversity, Hollywood, NCAA, Race, Shemar Moore, Social Activism, Television -

Shemar Moore is ready to make a statement. The Oakland, California, native is starring in CBS’ new S.W.A.T., which is based on ABC’s original series of the same name (1975-76) and the successful 2003 feature film directed by Clark Johnson and starring Samuel L. Jackson, Michelle Rodriguez, Colin Farrell and LL Cool J. This moment […]

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2017 MLB Playoffs, Baseball, Dave Roberts, Houston Astros, Los Angeles Dodgers, MLB -

LOS ANGELES — Step into the elevator on the ninth-floor pavilion at Dodger Stadium, ride it down to the first floor, step out and be prepared to be taken aback. To the left is a rectangular case full of Los Angeles Dodgers Gold Glove winners. The case to the right holds the 1981 and 1988 […]

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Baseball, Brooklyn Dodgers, Dan Bankhead, Dave Roberts, Jackie Robinson, Los Angeles Dodgers, New York Yankees -

Seventy years ago, Jackie Robinson and Dan Bankhead became the first African-Americans to play in a World Series. The pair did so in 1947, during their rookie seasons, as the Brooklyn Dodgers faced the New York Yankees. Robinson brought an end to the ban on black players in Major League Baseball when he joined the […]

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Adam Silver, Allen Iverson, Atlanta Hawks, Baseball, Basketball, Black Quarterbacks, Black Twitter, Cam Newton, Chris Rock, Colin Kaepernick, Football, Hip-Hop, Instagram, Ken Griffey Jr., LeBron James, MLB, NBA, NFL, NFLPA, Race, Rap, Social Media, Television -

The National Football League, the American sport that comes closest to resembling a religion, has its end times in sight: the year 2021. “The likelihood,” NFL Players Association executive director DeMaurice Smith said in August, “of either a strike, or a lockout is in ’21 a virtual certainty.” Doomsdays. Humanity has always been obsessed with […]

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2017 MLB Playoffs, Baseball, Cito Gaston, Dave Roberts, Dusty Baker, Los Angeles Dodgers, MLB, MLB Playoffs, Ron Washington, Toronto Blue Jays, Washington Nationals -

The signs were out during the Toronto Blue Jays’ World Series championship parade in 1992. Two men stood near the end of the route, one with a tomahawk and one with a cardboard sign: “First we took your toy, and then we beat you.” “To see those two guys with that sign, and it was […]

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Baseball, Bernie Mac, Cover Stories, Mr. 3000 -

Mitch Rosen walks into an elegantly furnished condo in Chicago’s South Loop. He doesn’t know what to expect. It’s the spring of 2008, and the longtime program director of influential local sports radio station 670 The Score is about to make a pitch. Just a day earlier, Rosen had asked a friend for a contact […]

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Baseball, Tremayne Cobb Jr. -

Tremayne Cobb Jr. loses himself in baseball’s soundtrack, entranced by the game’s rhythms and rules. Three strikes and you’re out; three outs and the inning is over; smack a base hit into the outfield and, if you have enough time, take second base. Despite playing in a Maryland county hardly known for its baseball, Cobb […]

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Baltimore, Baseball, chevy cruze, General Motors, Living, MLB -

Baltimore in the summer is a pilgrimage destination for all men (and women) that love baseball. As a major sports city–also home to the Ravens–it’s an exciting place where you can go to experience the pure joy and excitement of the sport, while also taking in some of the beautiful sites of the city and […]

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Baseball, Commentary, D.C., Washington, Youth Sports -

There is no shortage of headlining hoops heroes from the Washington, D.C., area, but the heightened basketball culture as well as financial restrictions have contributed to today’s nullification of our inner-city youth baseball leagues. Over Memorial Day weekend in 2008, I watched — in the front row of the newest addition to the neighborhood, Nationals […]

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#RememberWhensdays, Baseball, Billy Martin, George Steinbrenner, Kansas City Royals, MLB, New York Yankees, Reggie Jackson -

In the New York Yankees’ July 17, 1978, game against the Kansas City Royals, the defending World Series champions found themselves tied, 5-5, in the top of the 10th with outfielder Reggie Jackson standing in the batter’s box. Yankees manager Billy Martin told Jackson to bunt on his first pitch to give Thurman Munson an […]

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Baseball, Cedric Richmond, United States Congress -

Shortly after the start of the annual Congressional Baseball Game at Nationals Park, Shirley Thompson headed for her seat. She lives in the neighborhood, but Thursday was her first time coming to a game. She wore a baseball cap with pictures of Martin Luther King Jr., Malcolm X and Barack Obama for the occasion. “I […]

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Baseball, Cedric Richmond, Steve Scalise, United States Congress -

The shooting at the Republican baseball team practice Wednesday morning left Washington lawmakers stunned and saddened. But they decided it won’t stop Thursday night’s Congressional Baseball Game, an annual bipartisan charity event at Nationals Park. At a news conference Wednesday afternoon, Rep. Joe Barton (R-Texas), the Republican team manager who was at the morning practice […]

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Baseball, Colin Kaepernick, Golden State Warriors, Kevin Durant, Los Angeles Dodgers, MLB, Oprah Winfrey, What Had Happened Was, Yasiel Puig -

GAME. BLOUSES. After hitting a two-run home run at the top of the second inning of Tuesday night’s game against the Cleveland Indians, Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig gave fans at Cleveland’s Progressive Field a special hand gesture as he made his way around the bags and to the Dodgers’ dugout. The long ball […]

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Baseball, Bethune-Cookman University, HBCU Baseball, NCAA, Texas Southern Tigers -

The results are in for fans of historically black college baseball. On May 20 and 21, the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) and Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) champions were crowned and received automatic bids to the NCAA tournament. bethune-cookman routs norfolk state 11-1 For the second straight season and the third time in four years, Bethune-Cookman […]

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Baseball, Diversity, HBCU, Jackie 70, Jackie Robinson, Minor League Baseball, MLB -

Major League Baseball is taking a bottom-up approach to increasing diversity in the front offices of its 30 clubs. The Fostering Inclusion through Education and Leadership Development (FIELD) program was launched in August 2016 by two Minor League Baseball (MiLB) officials to introduce underrepresented groups to professional baseball. League President Pat O’Conner and Vincent Pierson, […]

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Baseball, HBCU Sports, Tuskegee Golden Tigers -

Growing up on the east side of Atlanta, Darien Brown had athletic dreams just like the other kids. But Brown — everybody calls him “DJ” — had obstacles that made those aspirations seem virtually unthinkable. Diagnosed at birth with arthrogryposis, a congenital condition where joints don’t move normally or may even be stuck in one […]

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