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THOUGHTS ON COLLEGE BASEBALL HALL OF FAME INDUCTION OF BRANCH RICKEY AND RAFAEL PALMEIRO

This coming Friday night July 3 Branch Rickey will be inducted into the National College Baseball Hall of Fame in Lubbock, Texas. He is this year’s selection in the Vintage Pre-1947 category. Last year Jackie Robinson was enshrined in the pre-1947 class for his standout performances at UCLA. I was honored when the Rickey family Read More 
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PRE-BIRTHDAY MUSINGS ON BASEBALL AND CIVIL RIGHTS PLUS MY LIFE AS AN ANTI-YANKEE BASEBALL NUT

Here are some more thoughts about the Cincinnati Civil Rights Weekend. On the roundtable that I participated in (that may air one of these days on the MLB cable TV network), Harold Reynolds, the broadcaster and former All-Star second baseman, shared his vivid memory of watching on TV with his grandmother and some of his seven older siblings as Hank Aaron broke Babe Ruth’s career HR record. Reynolds emphasized that it was especially meaningful that Aaron hit his epochal homer in 1974 as an Atlanta Brave in Georgia! In accepting his Beacon award at the Saturday afternoon luncheon, Aaron emphasized that he “rode the shoulders of a lot of civil rights people” and couldn’t have hit 755 home runs without them.  Read More 
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