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Houston Astros, Los Angeles Dodgers, Martin Luther King Jr., Maury Wills, MLB, Opening Day, Pittsburgh Pirates, Roberto Clemente -

Fifty years ago, on Thursday, April 4, 1968, the sun began to set on Memphis, Tennessee. At the downtown Lorraine Motel, Martin Luther King Jr., dressed for dinner, stepped out of Room 306 and onto the second-floor balcony. Seconds later, he met what his followers feared most: a sniper’s bullet. Within minutes, he lay in […]

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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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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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Ezekiel Elliott, Joel Embiid, Kyrie Irving, LaVar Ball, LiAngelo Ball, Lonzo Ball, Philadelphia 76ers, Pittsburgh Pirates, Roberto Clemente, Tyrod Taylor, What Had Happened Was -

Game. Blouses. Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid had a career night against the Los Angeles Lakers on Wednesday, finishing with a career-high in points (46, the most for a Sixers player since Allen Iverson in 2006), assists (7) and blocks (7) in the Sixers’ 115-109 victory at Staples Center. Embiid, playing in just his 43rd […]

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Chicago Cubs, Gift Ngoepe, MLB, Pittsburgh Pirates, What Had Happened Was -

GAME. BLOUSES. For the first time in MLB history, a player born in Africa suited up for a major league team. Pittsburgh Pirates second baseman Gift Ngoepe was called up from the team’s Class AAA team in Indianapolis on Wednesday. His arrival comes 70 years after Jackie Robinson became the first African-American to play in […]

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Adam Jones, Andrew McCutchen, Baltimore Orioles, Marcus Stroman, MLB, Pittsburgh Pirates, Puerto Rico, Toronto Blue Jays, World Baseball Classic -

Toronto Blue Jays pitcher Marcus Stroman leading the United States to its first World Baseball Classic championship was a story of redemption. Because of his mother’s heritage, Stroman could have played for Puerto Rico. Instead, he helped Team USA beat them 8-0, making up for a dreadful second-round performance against the island team in which […]

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2016 MLB Playoffs, Cleveland Indians, MLB, Pittsburgh Pirates -

The last time the Cleveland Indians won the World Series, in 1948, former Negro League stars Satchel Paige and Larry Doby played on the winning team. The last time the Chicago Cubs played in the Fall Classic, in 1945 — three years before the arrival of Paige and Doby, and 71 years before the franchise’s […]

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Bobby Bonilla, MLB, New York Mets, Pittsburgh Pirates -

This report was done in collaboration with FiveThirtyEight as part of a new video series called Contracts, which documents some of the amazing, weird and interesting contracts across sports. You know the story by now — or at least the outlines of it. In what is known as one of the worst contracts in baseball […]

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Andrew McCutchen, MLB, Pittsburgh Pirates -

It starts with a man walking to a park to watch a baseball game. He doesn’t know why, other than the park is near his house. He has no connection to anyone on either team. He’s there for the most basic of reasons: It’s something to do. He figures this is where he belongs. He […]

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MLB, Pittsburgh Pirates, Roberto Clemente -

Roberto Clemente never got the chance to be old school. He died too young, at age 38, so long ago now that he has been gone longer than he was with us. That he is still remembered and revered more than four decades after his passing is a testament to the way he lived, with […]

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