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BOSTON — When the first World Series was played 115 years ago, Puerto Rico had been under U.S. control for less than five years. Naha, Okinawa, was still 18 years away from becoming officially listed as a city. And Tom Yawkey was less than a year old, still decades away from becoming a trust fund […]

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A.J. Hinch, Dave Roberts, George Springer, Houston Astros, MLB, MLB Playoffs, Yu Darvish -

LOS ANGELES — George Springer used to go in the backyard with his father, George Jr., and have his dad hit fly balls to him. The former 1976 Little League World Series player and UConn football player was trying to help his son live out his dream of emulating his favorite center fielder. Springer wanted […]

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2017 MLB Playoffs, Boston Red Sox, Dave Roberts, Houston Astros, Los Angeles Dodgers, New York Yankees, Waymon Roberts -

HOUSTON — Angie Evans St. Julien picked up her phone and initially reacted with excitement upon hearing the voice of her first cousin, Dave Roberts. “How’s it going?” she asked. Roberts had just found out that he had been traded from the Los Angeles Dodgers to the Boston Red Sox on July 31, 2004. Rejection […]

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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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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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Billy Hamilton, Commentary, Dave Roberts, MLB, Ned Yost, Rickey Henderson -

The declining number of African-American players in baseball hasn’t merely changed the demographics of the sport, it’s changed the way the game is played. It’s not just black baseball players who are missed, it’s black-style baseball: stolen bases and over-the-wall catches. That’s the brand of baseball I grew up on in the 1980s. That’s when […]

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Dave Roberts, Dusty Baker, Los Angeles Dodgers, MLB, NLDS, Washington Nationals -

For the first time in 113 years, two African-American managers will face off against one another in the Major League Baseball playoffs. The Washington Nationals’ Dusty Baker and the Los Angeles Dodgers’ Dave Roberts will begin their chess match Friday at 5:30 p.m., when the Nats welcome the Dodgers to the nation’s capital. “I mean, […]

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