This past Sunday I watched a documentary on PBS titled, “Babe Ruth at Sing Sing.” The documentary told the story of a 1929 exhibition game between the New York Yankees – and, of course, Babe Ruth – and a team of inmates at Sing Sing prison. The documentary also discusses ideas of imprisonment and reform of the time.
According to WTVP of Peoria, IL, there are other documentaries on PBS that discuss the relationship between sport, society, and community. However, you’ll need to check local schedules to see if they will be available in your area (I haven’t found the other two in my area, yet.) I’ve posted those trailers below. Also, don’t forget that you can stream Ken Burns’ Baseball documentary for free on PBS.
Bo Jackson for American Library Association’s “Read” campaign, ca. 1989.
Today marks the 30th anniversary of that time Bo Jackson ran up the outfield wall in Memorial Stadium to catch a ball (check out the video I posted yesterday). In honor of that feat, below here are Jackson’s stats from his time in MLB and MiLB.
Thirty years ago tomorrow, Bo Jackson scaled the outfield wall at Baltimore’s Memorial Stadium. I remember this game like it was yesterday. For years I searched for video of this. Finally, just in time for the 30th anniversary of this feat, I am able to post this video:
As the Eugene Emeralds said, “2020 sucks.” It sucks for Minor League Baseball and its fans. Nonetheless, teams are finding ways to entertain us. Initiatives like the ones below might not keep them afloat, but hopefully we can help them while they help us:
And if you hurry, you can still order your Baysox 2020 Undefeated shirt – but they’re only accepting orders through tomorrow (July 9):
Meanwhile, the Pulaski Yankees are selling the jerseys originally intended for their 2020 Agriculture Night:
This is what has happened in just the past few days:
On Thursday MLB and MLBPA announced that the initial round of COVID-19 tests resulted in 38 positive tests – 31 players and 7 staff members. Not all players who tested positive were identified; in fact, the Orioles decided that they won’t publicize whether or not there are positive test results.
There have been problems with teams getting testing results in a timely manner and several teams had to cancel workouts yesterday
The “Tip Your Cap 2020” campaign is gaining momentum with numerous politicians, athletes, actors, and other famous people tipping their caps to honor the Negro Leagues 100th Anniversary. As Bill Clinton said, “the Negro Leagues made baseball better and America better.”