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This Week In Baseball History

Feb 21, 2019

We know that, even after Jackie Robinson's debut, Major League Baseball didn't integrate all at once. In fact, one of the last groups to integrate were the umpires, when Emmett Ashford took the field for the first time, 53 years ago this week(ish). Mike and Bill look back at his life and career, describe his...


Feb 13, 2019

There were African-Americans playing baseball long before Rube Foster was born and long after he died, but none of them had as big an impact on the structure of the game in the black community. Mike and Bill trace the early history of the sport among black Americans before digging into Foster's life, and how he was...


Feb 7, 2019

There's no denying Rod Carew was one of the best players of the 1970s and hitters of the 20th century. So why would the Twins trade him 40 years ago this week? The answer begins in a small Minnesota town and ends with Carew being sent to the Angels in one of the saddest trades in Minnesota history. Mike and Bill dig...


Jan 30, 2019

Despite being acknowledged as one of the all time greats and a very deserving Hall of Famer, Roy Campanella's career doesn't get the appreciation it deserves because of its late start due to segregation and early finish due to an auto accident 61 years ago this week that left him paralyzed. Mike and Bill dig into...


Jan 23, 2019

Perhaps the greatest catcher in baseball history launched a home run in every major league stadium. But he never got the chance to play in a game in the Major Leagues because, 72 years ago this week, Josh Gibson's tragic life came to an end at the age of 36, two days after suffering a massive stroke and three months...