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:
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
Glanville made his MLB debut with the Chicago Cubs on June 9, 1996, and played for the Cubs (1996-97, 2003), Philadelphia Phillies (1998-2002, 2004), and Texas Rangers (2003). Since his retirement from baseball, Glanville has been a baseball consultant and analyst, and has written extensively about baseball. In addition to a book on his experiences in MLB, he has written articles for The New York Times, ESPN The Magazine, The Atlantic, and The Athletic. Check out a few of his other pieces on race:
So far, 2020 has been a whirlwind of pandemic, postponements, and protests. And its only half over.
I don’t know about you, but I’m exhausted.
In a normal year we’d be well into both the Major League and Minor League seasons, rooting for our favorite players and prospects, and still holding out hope that the O’s won’t be in last place. But in 2020, the future of the minors is in question and we still haven’t even started the 2020 MLB season.
We can be optimistic and see the year as half over, or pessimistic and see the year as only half over. Either way, we can also use this demarcation as a time to take inventory of where we are.
There are still major issues in society and baseball that are yet to be resolved. As I pointed out yesterday, I spent the entire month of June posting about race issues and racism in baseball. So, its time to think a little more sociologically about these issues.
So, starting next week, I’ll devote more time and space to exploring issues more in-depth. Most weeks I’ll still have Monday Baseball Motivation, Films on Friday, Stat-urday, and the Best of the Week, but Tuesday through Thursday will often be devoted to one topic or concept. I’ll also do some housekeeping on the site, updating old posts and revisiting issues with new information. I may not post every day, but I’ll still be here!
Happy second half of the year! Congrats on making it this far!