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.
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.
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.
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?
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.