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Obama Children's Book `Of Thee I Sing' Out Nov. 16

AP | HILLEL ITALIE | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

NEW YORK — Coming two weeks after Election Day, a book from President Barack Obama for some of the nation's nonvoters: inspirational stories for...

Eighty Years to Right a Wrong: Baseball, Politics, and the Press

Kate Kelly | Posted 05.25.2011 | Sports
Kate Kelly

A significant moment in baseball occurred in New York on July 5, 1930. For the first time ever, Yankee Stadium hosted a game featuring two teams from the Negro Leagues, but no one in 1930 could have read about the game in the New York Times.

Baseball Justice

Peter Dreier | Posted 05.25.2011 | Sports
Peter Dreier

Despite its noble history in transcending American racism, in recent years, Major League Baseball (MLB) has hardly distinguished itself as a paragon of American virtue or a pioneer for social justice or moral clarity.

Baseball and Politics: A Reminder of a Time They Intersected

Kate Kelly | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Kate Kelly

My most recent gift came in the form of a book, a sports autobiography. I don't follow sports, so my head-over-heels-in-love feeling about this book, It's Good to Be Alive, couldn't be more surprising.

Top 5 Sports Stories

Len Berman | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Len Berman

For many sports fans, the Kentucky Derby is the only horse race they'll watch all year. They call it the fastest 2 minutes in sports, although no horse has done it faster than Secretariat.

Arizona Strikes Out

Billy Weinberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Billy Weinberg

Bud Selig and his peers now have the opportunity to put Jackie Robinson's lessons into practice. Baseball can step up to the plate to fight today's discrimination in Arizona.

Top 5 Sports Stories

Len Berman | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Len Berman

Oklahoma quarterback Sam Bradford is the #1 pick in the NFL draft, chosen by the St. Louis Rams. In a surprise, Florida quarterback Tim Tebow goes to Denver in the first round

Top 5 Sports Stories

Len Berman | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Len Berman

Today's number is 42. Most major league players are expected to wear #42 today in honor of Jackie Robinson.

Jackie Robinson Day 2010: MLB Celebration Underway

AP | HOWIE RUMBERG | Posted 05.25.2011 | Sports

NEW YORK — On Jackie Robinson Day, all of baseball joined Yankees closer Mariano Rivera in wearing the cherished No. 42. Everyone in uniform ha...

Citi Field: One Year Later

Steven Hirsch | Posted 05.25.2011 | Sports
Steven Hirsch

Fred Wilpon adds a New York Mets Hall of Fame and Museum to Citi Field. In a word, it is incredible.

Sporting Grace: The Zen of Spectatorship

Philip Goldberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Sports
Philip Goldberg

If you bring to sports a spiritual intention and a fully attentive mind, a game is more than a game; it's a step on the soul's ladder of progress, win or lose. Play ball!

UCLA Baseball Flying High with Gerald the Hawk, Team Bird

Anthea Raymond | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Anthea Raymond

You don't always link UCLA and baseball. But this year has been a good one for fans of the Bruins and the sport.

Protecting the House Where Lena Lived!

Michael Henry Adams | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Michael Henry Adams

Never again in our history will citizens be forced to live segregated lives, not according to race at any rate. Yet once, not so long ago, this reality was a difficult to oppose matter of course.

Civil Rights Game: Where Have You Gone Jackie Robinson? Inequality Still Hampers Americas' Favorite Pastime.....

Dexter Rogers | Posted 05.25.2011 | Sports
Dexter Rogers

Few athletic stars today fear taking stands because of the potential ridicule and societal backlash. If pioneers of the past were afraid of the establishment would such celebrations like the Civil Rights Game be possible today?

Dodgers Go Abroad To Win A Different Type of World Series

Joe Favorito | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Joe Favorito

Taiwan? That's where Joe Torre and crew are spending the week.

Is Torii Hunter Right to Call Latin Americans "Imposters"?

Daniel Cubias | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Daniel Cubias

I may owe Sammy Sosa an apology. In a recent post, I wrote about Sosa's apparent use of a skin product designed to make him appear whiter. I wondered...

Children's Books For A Cold Winter Day

USA Today | Bob Minzesheimer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

For kids, at least those in colder climes, winter is for outdoor adventures in snow and on ice. But north or south, it's also the season for indoor ad...

On the Shoulders of Giants -- The Legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. and Jackie Robinson

Sheila C. Johnson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Sheila C. Johnson

For all the great figures that have defined the civil rights battles of the past 50 years, there are two who stand above all others.

Negro League Strat-O-Fantastic

Robert David Jaffee | Posted 05.25.2011 | Sports
Robert David Jaffee

Baseball fans everywhere can now rejoice. There is a new Negro League version of Strat-O-Matic, a board game that preceded all of the rotisserie leagues that have proliferated in recent years.

More Than a Sportswriter: Lester "Red" Rodney: 1911-2009

Dave Zirin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Sports
Dave Zirin

It didn't make SportsCenter, but one of history's most influential sportswriters died this week at the age of 98.

The Bile Boils Over

Tom Sullivan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Tom Sullivan

Conservatives bathed in daily lies -- from WMDs to "death panels" -- have become so comfortable spreading them that they treat it like good, clean fun for the whole family.

African-American Wendell Scott Should be in NASCAR's Hall of Fame

Steve Parker | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Steve Parker

Scott was the first African-American to compete regularly in and certainly the only one to win a NASCAR Grand National race, now known as Sprint Cup, the sport's top national series.

African-American Firsts In New York

Huffington Post | David Weiner | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York

In 1911, Samuel Battle became the "first black officer to join" the NYPD. Today, nearly 100 years later, the intersection at West 135th Street and Le...

Amazing But True: New York Times Barely Mentioned Jackie Robinson's Debut 62 Years Ago

Greg Mitchell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Greg Mitchell

The story on the game, printed April 16, 1947, did not say anything about Robinson for the full 18 paragraphs, nor in the short takes that followed.

Amidst Global Meltdown, 52-Year-Old Baseball Brews a Cup of Winter Warmth

Tom Watson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Tom Watson

I luxuriated in the brilliant, full-game black and white cinescope of Don Larson's perfect game in the 1956 World Series, featured this New Year's week in the canny from-the-archives debut of the new MLB network.