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#RememberWhensdays, Billy Bruton, Chicago White Sox, Cincinnati Reds, Detroit Tigers, Elston Howard, Frank Robinson, Hank Aaron, Los Angeles Dodgers, Maury Wills, Milwaukee Braves, New York Yankees, Pittsburgh Pirates, Roberto Clemente, Vada Pinson, Wendell Smith -

Major League Baseball wanted its black and white players to integrate at team hotels and venues during spring training. The state of Florida did not want integration. That’s how 12 of MLB’s 18 teams found themselves in the middle of an intense standoff during this week in 1961. Whispers about pulling out of the Sunshine […]

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Derrick Rose, Dwyane Wade, Ezekiel Elliott, Hank Aaron, LaMelo Ball, LaVar Ball, What Had Happened Was -

Game. Blouses. LaVar Ball plans to homeschool his youngest son, LaMelo, for his final two years of high school. Monday marked the 16-year-old’s final day at Chino Hills High School in California, his father announced. “I’m not dealing with the coach over there,” LaVar Ball told ESPN. “I’m not dealing with the administration over there. […]

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Cam Newton, Carolina Panthers, Cedric Ingram-Lewis, Colin Kaepernick, Hank Aaron, Jay-Z, LSU Tigers, Michael Bennett, NCF, NFL, Troy Trojans, What Had Happened Was -

Game. Blouses. Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton is the first quarterback in NFL history to rush for 50 career touchdowns, and his celebration of choice for the score was holding up a clenched fist to signify black power. “I did it to show black pride, because I am an African-American,” Newton said after the game. […]

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#RememberWhensdays, Bobby Bragan, Chris Pelekoudas, Hank Aaron, MLB -

Hank Aaron was not a fan of the way St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Curtis Simmons threw the ball. The Milwaukee Brewers slugger decided he was going to walk up on Simmons’ changeup pitch. In his first three at-bats, Aaron popped up to the catcher, singled and flied out to center field. In the top of […]

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Citi Open, Doc Rivers, Hank Aaron, Justin Gatlin, MLB, NBA, Sean Rodriguez, Sloane Stephens, Usain Bolt, What Had Happened Was, Women's Tennis Association -

GAME. BLOUSES. Usain Bolt did not win the 100-meter dash at the world championships. You read that sentence right: Bolt didn’t take gold in a track event. The eight-time Olympic gold medalist (9.95 seconds) was not only usurped by American Justin Gatlin (9.92), but he was also beaten by Gatlin’s countryman Christian Coleman (9.94) and […]

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Dallas Cowboys, Ezekiel Elliott, Hank Aaron, Houston Rockets, O.J. Simpson, Stuart Scott, What Had Happened Was -

GAME. BLOUSES. Police suspend investigation of Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott over lack of witnesses and inability to contact the victim in an alleged assault that recently occurred at a Dallas bar. “No witnesses have come forward to provide any additional information about this incident,” the Dallas Police Department said in a statement. Elliott, […]

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Atlanta Braves, Hank Aaron, HBCU Education, MLB, Philanthropy, Scholarships -

ATLANTA — Hank Aaron, the man who broke Babe Ruth’s home run record and went on to hit 755 in his career, now wants to be remembered for something entirely different. The Hall of Fame right fielder and his wife, Billye, have spent two decades building a philanthropic legacy that began with paying extracurricular activity […]

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Barack Obama, Black History Month, Clifton R. Wharton Sr., Hank Aaron -

1934 — Henry “Hank” Aaron is born Henry “Hammerin’ Hank” Aaron was born in Mobile, Alabama. He would enjoy a Hall of Fame Major League Baseball career with the Atlanta Braves and Milwaukee Brewers. He also happened to break Babe Ruth’s home run record, finishing with 755 career dingers. 1958 — First black ambassador in […]

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Commentary, Hank Aaron -

“One thing they cannot prohibit The strong men . . . coming on The strong men gittin’ stronger. Strong men. . . . Stronger. . . . “ Sterling A. Brown from his poem Strong Men When Labor Day approaches, I often reflect upon what I call the Obsidian Generations of black male workers. Steeled […]

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#RememberWhensdays, Atlanta Braves, Hank Aaron, Milwaukee Brewers, MLB -

It was a beautiful 73 degrees in Milwaukee on July 20, 1976. In their sixth season in the city, the Milwaukee Brewers played host to the California Angels for a night game. Only 10,134 spectators – 21 percent capacity – were in County Stadium that day to witness designated hitter Hank Aaron’s 755th and final […]

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