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Sorry, 42: Council apologizes for Phillies' race-baiting of Jackie Robinson

Sorry, 42: Council apologizes for Phillies' race-baiting of Jackie Robinson | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Sixty-nine years ago, Jackie Robinson faced some of the most abhorrent racism of his baseball career during a game against the Phillies, when the team's manager led the players in hurling taunts and racial slurs. - Tricia L. Nadolny, Philadelphia Inquirer
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I love a good baseball game and consider Jackie Robinson one of my heroes. That said, it is good to know that after 69 years the city of Philadelphia is trying to make amends. It's also a crying shame that it took so long. If we are still dealing with issues from the integration of baseball, what does that say about us as a nation? Slow? Yeah, certainly that. But more? By the way, if you like a good baseball story, you might read Horatio at the Game, one of the shorts in "Sweet and Sour" available on Kindle. 
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The Stream Is Over: A-Rod Admits to Manipulating Drug Tests

The Stream Is Over: A-Rod Admits to Manipulating Drug Tests | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Alex Rodriguez admitted to using PEDs from late 2010 to October 2012, according to a new report, and described his novel method for beating the tests. The lies will be his downfall
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When was the last time that anybody thought sports were pure, that athletes didn't try to cheat including using drugs? Sports are like politics and most everything else: money has become the only value most people really seem to follow.

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Red Sox ball girl has priceless reaction after fielding Eric Hosmer's fair ball

Red Sox ball girl has priceless reaction after fielding Eric Hosmer's fair ball | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
She hoped no one was watching. Unfortunately, everyone was.
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One of those moments the real fans will be talking about come winter. When I was a kid, the best of Red Sox fans were the old guys in Maine who could spend a week around the  checker set chewing this one over and over.

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Guest blog: great piece of creative writing! "Horatio at the Game."

Guest blog: great piece of creative writing! "Horatio at the Game." | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
I am so grateful for my fellow Stooshpr member Kenneth Weene for this great little short story. It is full of good humour, pathos and cleverly-observed childhood lives. I commend it to you. Stooshp...
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It's always a delight to share one of my stories with a new audience. I hope that the Australians can appreciate American baseball. I'm sure the can enjoy the universality of growing up and childhood.

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Baseball is struggling to hook kids — and risks losing fans to other sports

Baseball is struggling to hook kids — and risks losing fans to other sports | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Youth participation in baseball has slid for two decades and its fans have aged as the accelerated pace of modern life clashes with the sport’s imbalance between anticipation and action.
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Participation in organized athletics is falling, which is perhaps a sad commentary on the lifestyle of modern American kids. Computer games are not sufficient exercise for healthy growth. And those kids who are in sports see that as a career path, which means they are specializing far too early and losing the fullness of youth because of the expectations of coaches (and some parents) for "sports greatness." Meanwhile, at least soccer and lacrosse are growing.

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Rodrigo Batts's curator insight, April 7, 2015 10:17 AM

Baseball is losing steam, creating room for other new sports to emerge and take over marketshare.

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Pujols' homer sinks Sox in 19 innings, 5-4

Pujols' homer sinks Sox in 19 innings, 5-4 | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Brandon Workman allows a soul-crushing homer to Albert Pujols in the 19th inning.
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The kind of game that we dreamed of playing when we were kids; and every one of us was Albert Pujols. Of course, that's all fantasy: my mother would have called me in for supper by the eighth inning, certainly before the lights went on. Oh, well, that's what dreaming is for.

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Ben Bradlee talks of 'The Kid', Katelyn McCarter of Wondrous Music

Ben Bradlee talks of 'The Kid', Katelyn McCarter of Wondrous Music | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Katelyn McCarter, a Four-time Music Award Winner has captured the attention of the industry. From a young age, Katelyn has taken every opportunity to explore her natural musical impulses. Katelyn's love for performance and talent was apparent to her family who supported Katelyn's creative inclinations, encouraging her to study voice, piano and dance. She graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University School of Music in 2012. Katelyn is much more than her stunning, unforgettable voice. She is an active member of her community, staying involved with anti bullying programs, non-profit concerts and performing at events where she can be an example to the young. Her selfless efforts stem from her desire to serve God through her music and in her daily life activities. Ben Bradlee Jr. is the author of the New York Times best-selling biography The Kid: The Immortal Life of Ted Williams, published by Little, Brown on December 3, 2013. He spent 25 years with The Boston Globe, 10 years as a reporter and 15 as editor. As a reporter, he served on the Spotlight Team at the State House bureau and as the paper's roving national correspondent. He covered the 1988 presidential campaign of Michael Dukakis and also reported overseas for The Globe. Bradlee has written three previous books, The Ambush Murders, the case of a black activist accused and ultimately acquitted after three trials of killing two white policemen, Prophet of Blood, the story of polygamous cult leader Ervil LeBaron and Guts and Glory: The Rise and Fall of Oliver North. A graduate of Colby College, Bradlee served in the Peace Corps in Afghanistan. On his return to the United States he went to work as a reporter for the Riverside Press-Enterprise, remaining there until mid 1975. Bradlee has three children. He and his wife Janice live outside Boston.
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Join us this Thursday (April 10- 9 PM Eastern time) for a great show. I am really psyched to be talking baseball with Ben Bradlee, Jr. His masterful biography of my childhood hero, Ted Williams, has been a pleasure to read. 

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