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Matt from Denver 1
Sports fans have a way of rallying around the assholes on their team. I'm still rankled by the "We love you Bertuzzi" rally that Vancouver's notorious skilled good got a few years ago. And look at how New Orleans is uniting behind the headhunting Saints.
Posted by Matt from Denver on April 18, 2012 at 11:14 AM · Report this
Matt from Denver 2
God damn it! I mean "goon" not "good." (And I actually typed "good" a second time and had to correct that before posting this. Egads.)
Posted by Matt from Denver on April 18, 2012 at 11:15 AM · Report this
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Without diminishing the obvious injustice of segregation, I hardly think that Baseball was forced entirely by racial prejudice to exhaust the possibilities of two-armed racially permissible athletes, and thus to give a shot to Mr. Gray. Given that the game was played in 1945, how much of a factor was it that the one-armed man in question was ineligible to serve in the armed forces?
Posted by Warren Terra on April 18, 2012 at 11:27 AM · Report this
Gern Blanston 4
Coinicidentally, Jim Abbott, the one handed pitcher who threw a no-hitter for the Yankees in 1993, was on ESPN this morning promoting his new autobiography.
Posted by Gern Blanston on April 18, 2012 at 11:31 AM · Report this
schmacky 5
It's easy to get 3,000 hits when you only have to play against white people.
Posted by schmacky on April 18, 2012 at 11:43 AM · Report this
rob! 6
In connection with Goldy's post on Jamie Moyer this morning, Cap Anson at 45 was the oldest player in the 1897 season.
Posted by rob! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QZBdUceCL5U on April 18, 2012 at 11:45 AM · Report this
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@4 The wartime shortage of players was one key reason why Gray made the bigs, and he was not a bad athlete--but there were plenty of African-American players available who were passed over for Gray.
Posted by Chicago Fan on April 18, 2012 at 11:53 AM · Report this
heywhatsit!? 8
The wartime shortage of good ball players also allowed the Cubs to somehow make a World Series appearance.
Posted by heywhatsit!? on April 18, 2012 at 12:18 PM · Report this
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@8 Yeah. I know. If only we had the draft now! Between Iraq and Afghanistan, the Cubs would be on their sixth or seventh title by now. Damn all-volunteer military.
Posted by Chicago Fan on April 18, 2012 at 12:26 PM · Report this
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How come no two armed players ever just bat with one arm? You wouldn't get the same power and accuracy with one arm swinging but it seems like it could be easier to make contact with a quickly moving ball if you were taking a one armed forehand swing.
Posted by cliche on April 18, 2012 at 12:39 PM · Report this
Matt from Denver 11
@ 10, I think you answered your own question.
Posted by Matt from Denver on April 18, 2012 at 1:11 PM · Report this

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