2020 Baseball Exhibits


Rube Foster in 1924. Foster was instrumental in the founding of the Negro National League in  1920

This year marks the 100th anniversary of the Negro Leagues, so keep an eye out for events commemorating various teams. Several museums – including the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum and the Yogi Berra Museum – have announced plans for special exhibits. In addition to honoring the Negro Leagues, many museums across the country have announced baseball exhibits for 2020:

Other museums/exhibits of note:

  • Jackie Robinson Museum, opening in 2020
  • The Smithsonian’s traveling exhibit, Hometown Teams: How Sports Shape America, will be on display in various locations in Virginia, North Carolina, and Washington in 2020
  • Autumn Glory, currently at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, has artifacts from the Washington Nationals’ championship season and World Series win

Let me know if you check out any of these events!

~ baseballrebecca

 

 

 

 

Baseball at the American History Museum


On the second floor of the National Museum of American History in Washington, DC, is an exhibit called, “American Stories.” According to the museum’s website, in this exhibit, visitors “[f]ollow a timeline of American history through objects that highlight both new and familiar stories.” What makes this exhibit particularly interesting is that at the entrance of the exhibit, is a display case containing a glove, cap, and cleats that Willie Mays wore during his time with the San Francisco Giants. According to the museum’s curator of popular culture and sports:

‘When someone sees these items, there are three things that he or she should take away.  That Mays was a great baseball player, that Mays was African-American, and that, with the Barack Obama quote which is included with the exhibit, that Mays was important to many Americans. When President Obama presented Willie Mays with the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2015, Obama said that it was ‘because of giants like Willie that someone like me could even think of running for president.’’

The artifacts on display in the “American Stories” exhibit are part of a much larger baseball collection maintained by the museum. Though a small portion of the current exhibits at the museum, it is great to see baseball represented – especially when the exhibit includes one of the greats, like Willie Mays!

~ baseballrebecca

 

 

Monday Baseball Motivation


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Jackie Robinson and Martin Luther King, Jr. receiving the honorary degree of Doctor of Laws from Howard University in 1957. Photo courtesy of the National Museum of American History.

“Jackie Robinson made my success possible. Without him, I would never have been able to do what I did.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.

On this Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, let’s remember the impact sports had on Dr. King and that King had on sports. Let his words and actions inspire us, just as Jackie Robinson inspired him (and us).

Happy MLK, Jr., Day!

~ baseballrebecca

 

 

 

 

Best of the Week: 1/12/2020 – 1/18/2020


This past week, MLB announced its decision regarding the sign-stealing allegations against the Astros. After MLB announced sanctions for manager AJ Hinch and GM Jeff Luhnow, Astros owner, Jim Crane, fired both of them. A day later, Alex Cora, the Astros’ bench coach in 2017, was fired by the Boston Red Sox.

While it represents a sad episode for baseball, it does represent a step toward justice.

Stat-urday, 1/18/2020


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Gerardo Parra at the White House in 2019, 10 days before he signed with the Yomiuri Giants

Keeping track of free agents during the off-season? Baseball Reference – my favorite source for all things stats – has a “Free Agent Tracker” on their website. It has a list of all the free agent signings since the end of the season last year, as well lists of those who have not yet signed with a new team. Below is the list as of Monday (sorry, I haven’t had time to update it) of Free Agent Batters (note, however, that players that have signed with non-U.S. leagues, like Adam Jones and Gerardo Parra, are still on the list).

Happy Stat-urday!

~ baseballrebecca

Name Age Last Team H HR RBI BA OBP
Jarrod Dyson 35 ARI 573 21 170 0.247 0.319
Adam Jones 34 ARI 1939 282 945 0.277 0.317
Caleb Joseph 34 ARI 280 31 125 0.223 0.270
Wilmer Flores 28 ARI 572 77 290 0.268 0.310
Abraham Almonte 31 ARI 245 18 97 0.239 0.298
Josh Donaldson 34 ATL 1048 219 645 0.273 0.369
Adeiny Hechavarria 31 ATL 763 37 271 0.253 0.290
Matthew Joyce 35 ATL 861 145 482 0.243 0.343
Charlie Culberson 31 ATL 210 23 110 0.249 0.295
Billy Hamilton 29 ATL 680 21 176 0.242 0.297
Rafael Ortega 29 ATL 94 3 33 0.229 0.287
Jesus Sucre 32 BAL 146 10 69 0.222 0.260
Mark Trumbo 34 BAL 1018 218 629 0.249 0.302
Mitch Moreland 34 BOS 932 166 559 0.251 0.319
Brock Holt 32 BOS 552 23 206 0.271 0.340
Steve Pearce 37 BOS 572 91 303 0.254 0.332
Chris Owings 28 BOS 515 34 210 0.241 0.284
Gorkys Hernandez 32 BOS 227 20 81 0.230 0.292
Juan Centeno 30 BOS 76 6 37 0.223 0.278
Nicholas Castellanos 28 CHC 930 120 460 0.277 0.326
Addison Russell 26 CHC 480 60 253 0.242 0.312
Ben Zobrist 39 CHC 1566 167 768 0.266 0.357
Jim Adduci 35 CHC 92 5 39 0.232 0.283
Taylor Davis 30 CHC 8 1 7 0.222 0.256
Jonathan Lucroy 34 CHC 1128 108 545 0.274 0.335
Yolmer Sanchez 28 CHW 543 31 214 0.244 0.299
Jon Jay 35 CHW 1074 36 336 0.285 0.350
Matt Skole 30 CHW 18 1 7 0.217 0.290
Charlie Tilson 27 CHW 62 1 23 0.246 0.310
Derek Dietrich 30 CIN 524 79 247 0.246 0.334
Christian Colon 31 CIN 91 1 26 0.256 0.321
Yasiel Puig 29 CLE 834 132 415 0.277 0.348
Jason Kipnis 33 CLE 1120 123 529 0.261 0.333
Ryan Flaherty 33 CLE 284 37 142 0.215 0.284
Yonder Alonso 33 COL 872 100 426 0.259 0.332
Drew Butera 36 COL 253 19 114 0.200 0.257
Noel Cuevas 28 COL 34 2 10 0.230 0.265
Jordy Mercer 33 DET 762 64 299 0.257 0.316
John Hicks 30 DET 191 28 90 0.235 0.280
Dustin Peterson 25 DET 10 0 6 0.217 0.265
Bobby Wilson 37 DET 189 18 102 0.203 0.258
Gordon Beckham 33 DET 807 80 351 0.237 0.300
Robinson Chirinos 36 HOU 411 85 262 0.234 0.329
Alex Gordon 36 KCR 1609 186 738 0.258 0.339
Cheslor Cuthbert 27 KCR 269 27 119 0.250 0.300
Justin Bour 32 LAA 433 92 303 0.253 0.337
Kevan Smith 32 LAA 178 12 71 0.272 0.318
Kaleb Cowart 28 LAA 65 6 34 0.176 0.238
Russell Martin 37 LAD 1416 191 771 0.248 0.349
Kristopher Negron 34 LAD 83 9 32 0.221 0.291
Curtis Granderson 39 MIA 1800 344 937 0.249 0.337
Neil Walker 34 MIA 1215 149 606 0.267 0.339
JT Riddle 28 MIA 153 18 79 0.229 0.269
Cesar Puello 29 MIA 38 4 21 0.239 0.346
Bryan Holaday 32 MIA 162 10 74 0.241 0.287
Isaac Galloway 30 MIA 22 3 8 0.186 0.244
Peter O’Brien 29 MIA 38 11 26 0.209 0.275
Wilkin Castillo 36 MIA 12 0 4 0.286 0.302
Rosell Herrera 27 MIA 86 3 31 0.225 0.286
Deven Marrero 29 MIA 62 5 37 0.194 0.246
Martin Prado 36 MIA 1542 100 609 0.287 0.335
Hernan Perez 29 MIL 434 45 180 0.252 0.282
Cory Spangenberg 29 MIL 320 29 119 0.256 0.315
Tyler Austin 28 MIL 114 33 91 0.219 0.292
Tyler Saladino 30 MIL 221 19 92 0.226 0.278
Ronald Torreyes 27 MIN 165 4 57 0.279 0.308
Ryan LaMarre 31 MIN 53 4 21 0.236 0.286
Ian Miller 28 MIN 3 0 1 0.176 0.176
Todd Frazier 34 NYM 1019 214 624 0.243 0.320
Juan Lagares 31 NYM 498 25 179 0.254 0.297
Joe Panik 29 NYM 657 38 233 0.271 0.334
Rene Rivera 36 NYM 313 41 167 0.221 0.272
Aaron Altherr 29 NYM 222 37 150 0.219 0.307
Rajai Davis 39 NYM 1111 62 387 0.262 0.311
Ruben Tejada 30 NYM 530 10 158 0.250 0.324
Cameron Maybin 33 NYY 949 71 347 0.256 0.324
Terrance Gore 29 NYY 15 0 1 0.224 0.325
Erik Kratz 40 NYY 175 31 101 0.205 0.252
Greg Bird 27 NYY 129 32 98 0.211 0.301
Josh Phegley 32 OAK 250 34 160 0.227 0.269
Chris Herrmann 32 OAK 182 25 103 0.205 0.282
Brad Miller 30 PHI 573 88 293 0.241 0.314
Jose Pirela 30 PHI 234 17 82 0.257 0.308
Rob Brantly 30 PHI 89 7 37 0.229 0.294
Mitch Walding 27 PHI 1 1 2 0.053 0.143
Sean Rodriguez 35 PHI 578 81 298 0.226 0.302
Elias Diaz 29 PIT 187 13 82 0.250 0.301
Steven Baron 29 PIT 3 0 1 0.115 0.115
Corban Joseph 31 PIT 15 1 10 0.170 0.213
JB Shuck 33 PIT 285 8 86 0.243 0.296
Melky Cabrera 35 PIT 1962 144 854 0.285 0.334
Domingo Santana 27 SEA 417 75 232 0.259 0.343
Tim Beckham 30 SEA 402 63 198 0.249 0.302
Ryan Court 32 SEA 5 1 5 0.208 0.240
Kevin Pillar 31 SFG 798 76 318 0.261 0.296
Pablo Sandoval 33 SFG 1248 148 622 0.280 0.332
Michael Reed 27 SFG 8 0 0 0.186 0.222
Mike Gerber 27 SFG 5 0 2 0.076 0.151
Marcell Ozuna 29 STL 963 148 538 0.272 0.329
Matt Wieters 34 STL 989 146 546 0.250 0.313
Joe Hudson 29 STL 2 0 1 0.154 0.154
Matt Duffy 29 TBR 456 22 169 0.282 0.338
Johnny Davis 30 TBR 1 0 0 0.250 0.250
Rocky Gale 32 TBR 4 1 2 0.108 0.108
Welington Castillo 33 TEX 626 98 339 0.254 0.313
Logan Forsythe 33 TEX 758 70 305 0.246 0.327
Hunter Pence 37 TEX 1786 242 936 0.280 0.335
Brian Dozier 33 WSN 1053 192 561 0.245 0.326
Ryan Zimmerman 35 WSN 1784 270 1015 0.279 0.343
Gerardo Parra 33 WSN 1312 88 522 0.276 0.323
Matt Adams 31 WSN 609 116 388 0.261 0.309

Black Hockey History Tour


img_4675With the 100th birthday of the Negro Leagues just around the corner, the National Hockey League’s Black Hockey History Tour can help us get ready for it. The mobile tour will visit 14 NHL cities to: “celebrate today’s stars, while also looking back at the pioneers and trailblazers who helped shape NHL history.” The NHL Diversity and Hockey Is For Everyone ambassador, Willie O’Ree, will make appearances at selected stops. O’Ree was the first Black player in the NHL.  Since 1998, he has established 39 local grassroots hockey programs to get kids interested in the game.

img_4683The Black Hockey History Tour bus may contain only a small exhibit space, but it is just the right size to tell the story of the fewer then 100 black players in the history of the NHL, teach us about diversity, and celebrate the contributions of African American, African Canadian, and women hockey players. The exhibit includes information on current players as well as notable black players in the NHL and other leagues in Canada and the United States. It even includes a brief piece on women in hockey and a video comparing the experiences of black hockey players to the careers of Jackie Robinson and other black MLB players.

Like the Negro Leagues, hockey also experienced a color barrier. The Coloured Hockey League of the Maritimes was started in 1895 by black Baptist churches in Nova Scotia. By the turn of the century, individual all-black teams were operating in the Ontario Hockey League. The first black hockey star was Herb Carnegie, who began his career with the Toronto Young Rangers in 1938. Ten years later, Carnegie was given a tryout with the New York Rangers and was offered a contract to play in the img_4673Rangers’ minor league system. He turned them down, however, because by then he was already earning more money playing in the semi-pro Quebec Provincial League.

Approximately 10 years later, Willie O’Ree made his NHL debut with the Boston Bruins. O’Ree, known as the “Jackie Robinson of ice hockey” was called up from the minors to replace an injured player. According to Wikipedia, “[p]laying a short career of only 45 games, O’Ree faced racism after being recalled from the Canadian minor leagues.  While in the minor leagues, O’Ree recalls the racism he faced as predominantly muted. However, as soon as O’Ree entered into the NHL, racist remarks and actions by hostile fans and players appeared.”

The NHL’s Black Hockey History Tour kicked-off its second season this week in Washington, DC, outside of the Embassy of Canada. Its next stop is in Detroit, MI (Jan. 18-19), before heading to St. Louis and Ferguson, MO (Jan. 23-26); Pittsburgh, PA (Jan. 31); Ottawa, Toronto, and Scarborough, Canada (Feb. 2-8); Newark, NJ (Feb. 10-11); Nashville, TN (Feb. 16); Anaheim, CA (Feb. 25); San Jose, CA (Feb 29); Seattle, WA (Mar. 7-10); Tempe and Glendale, AZ (Mar. 15-16); and Dallas, TX (Mar. 22). Check out the NHL website for complete details of the tour.

~ baseballrebecca

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