Wednesday, March 01, 2006

Deck the Hall of Shame

As the great and learned philosopher Bushwick Bill once said “Bitch I’m talking to you, some of you niggaz are bitches too,” in my head I often scroll through names such as Taye Diggs, some select actors and musicians, car jackers and many politicians among others. Now I have decided to add Former baseball commissioner Fay Vincent, who just chaired the committee that elected 18 people, including 17 from the historic Negro leagues, into the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown.

By secret by secret ballot of those selected included the first woman in the Baseball Hall of Fame, Effa Manley who was a former owner of the Newark Eagles from the Negro Leagues .Strangely enough, it was her Newark Eagles team that defeated the legendary Kansas City Monarch’s in 1946v in a seven game series in which one of the folks I would like to talk about, hit .333 against the Eagles, along with two home runs one of which was a grand slam

From what I have gathered thus far, the only two living members of that group of players representing the Negro leagues, Buck O’Neil and Minnie Minoso were not selected for entry into Cooperstown. Why cannot answer. Not only did they deserve too be inducted based on their careers and off the field activities, but only an idiot would fail to see the obvious – that these men are still living.
He became the first black coach in the majors in 1962 with the Chicago Cubs and was instrumental in establishing the Negro League museum in Kansas City. O’Neil won the Negro league world series in 1942 when he led the Monarchs the title over the celebrated Homestead Grays. The son of a slave and at the age of 94, he was only considered after a screening committee in 2005 decided that these well-known folks should be even considered for the hall of fame Ballot.
Orestes "Minnie" Minoso, played with the New York Cubans, where they won the World Series from the Negro American League's Cleveland Buckeyes before entering the major leagues with the Cleveland Indians in 1949. As a rookie he batted .326 with 173 hits while leading the league in triples and stolen bases. Although his performance suggested he be the rookie of the year, it was given to a far less productive white boy - I the Yankees' Gil McDougald.

Minnie Minoso after his Negro leagues career, Minoso played in the majors from 1949-64, and hit .298 lifetime. He was a seven-time All-Star and won three Gold Gloves in the outfield.

I really don’t understand why it was so difficult to elect these individuals into the Baseball Hall of Fame, in particularly since they are the only two, last two living members from the Negro League? I for certain would have let them in before Bruce Sutter Mr. Vincent, for bitch I’m talking to you.


Anonymous said...

They should take away al of babe Ruths Records. I don't think he would have hit as many home runs if they had let AfricanAmerican and latino Americans play. Old baseball before jackie Robinson was watered down

SincereCaramel said...

Geez, I didn't know all of that, you certainly gave me my "lesson" for the day. I am mad however, that you would quote Bushwick Bill...I was tickled.