Archive for July 27th, 2006

“He’s From Barcelona…”

This is pretty cool:

In 1886, the Buffalo Bisons, a top minor league baseball team, signed a versatile infielder from Massachusetts named Frank Grant. The next day, a local newspaper announced Grant’s arrival by describing him as “a Spaniard.”

Grant was in fact one of five African-Americans playing in the otherwise all-white minor leagues that year, on teams from Kansas to Connecticut. Their presence was accepted if not widely acknowledged in the 1880’s, passed off with a wink and a nod, a dodge that labeled players like Grant as Spaniards, Portuguese or Arabs.

The ruse did not hide what historians now concede, that some 60 years before Jackie Robinson famously broke organized baseball’s color barrier, integrated teams of white and black athletes played hundreds of professional games. African-Americans even played in the major leagues.


The recently documented life stories of Grant and White, 19th-century pioneers who dared not be recognized as such, have helped complete the chronicle of the African-American baseball experience. Theirs are the forgotten tales of men rushing to play at the highest professional tier, aware that their immediate offspring would probably be prohibited such an opportunity.

“They are the players who just vanished from baseball’s narrative, like a secret no one talks about,” said the baseball historian Jim Overmyer, who specializes in black baseball. “But it is important to know that they are the beginning of baseball desegregation. Somebody had to do the early heavy lifting, and even if few people know it, these guys were there first.”


“It complicates our understanding of race relations in sports to realize that the color barrier was not a natural outcome of mixing races after the Civil War,” [baseball historian Greg] Bond said. “The fact is there were a lot of blacks on mostly white teams. The color barrier became a choice people made at the expense of people like Grant and White, who then disappeared.”

More good stuff than I can quote, so read the whole thing. Also be sure to check out the slide show. My votes:

Best Photo: Jose Mendez, Louis Santop.

Best Face: Cristobal Torriente.

Best Name: Mule Suttles.

Worst Name: Cum Posey.

9 comments July 27th, 2006 at 08:48pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Sports

Hillary Is Teh Sexy!

Oh my:

Sharon Stone may think Hillary Clinton has too much “sexual power” to be a viable candidate for President. But her womanly charms have earned her a place in New York’s Museum of Sex.In March, Stone declared that it was “too soon” for New York’s junior senator to enter the White House race because “a woman should be past her sexuality when she runs. Hillary still has sexual power, and I don’t think people will accept that. It’s too threatening.”

Sculptor Daniel Edwards begs to differ. Edwards, who courted controversy in April with his life-size nude of Britney Spears giving birth on a bearskin rug, has now come forth with his “Presidential Bust of Hillary Rodham Clinton.”

The startling sculpture shows an armless-but-bountifully-bosomed Hillary atop a pedestal declaring her “The First Woman President of the United States of America.”


Edwards believes his work, which portrays HRC in a plunging evening gown, is anatomically correct.

“It’s hard to find many images of her [breasts],” the Connecticut artist tells us. “She usually covers herself up in a professional way. But there are beach photos of her.”

Look on the bright side: It could have been a sculpture of Hillary giving birth on a bearskin rug…

3 comments July 27th, 2006 at 07:44am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Politics,Weirdness

Final Reflections On The Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix

Well, what kind of reflections were you expecting?

It’s the horn of plenty… of cool reflections!

Getting a bit dizzy…

Some lovely orange-and-blue sky.

Not a reflection, but I really dug the dice valve-cap. Posted by Picasa

July 27th, 2006 at 07:38am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Photoblogging,Pittsburgh

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