After 14 major league seasons, he wrote a book about Black pitchers and sang in nightclubs. “I made way more money in music than I did in baseball,” he said.
Pitchers are better than ever. Hitters seem worse than ever. With six no-hitters by May 19, baseball is two away from tying the full-season record, which was set in 1884.
Reasons for optimism and pessimism abound. Catch up with where each team stands ahead of opening day.
Arlen Love applied for the Cleveland Spiders trademark. The Cleveland sports fan insists it is about love, not profit potential.
The Chiefs, Braves, Blackhawks and Seminoles need to follow the Cleveland baseball team in dropping their offensive names.
As fans speculate what name Cleveland will choose to replace “Indians,” the team’s past presents some fairly odd options.
The decision comes amid a wider push for sports teams to stop using Native American names and imagery as team names and mascots.
Bieber, a right-hander for Cleveland, led all major league pitchers in several statistical categories, and Bauer, a right-hander for Cincinnati, wasn’t far behind.
When Aroldis Chapman struck out Austin Hedges at 1:14 a.m., the Yankees had defeated the Indians to cap the longest nine-inning game in major league history.
A pitching triple crown, a potentially cursed batting feat and a 59*-homer season were among the highlights of a season that will stand out like a sore thumb in record books.
Luke Voit claimed the American League home run title, D.J. LeMahieu won the batting title, and the Yankees learned they were headed to Cleveland for their first-round postseason series.
Matt Blake never pitched professionally, and spent his first years out of college as a salesman. “It’s for the better,” one Yankees reliever said of Blake’s background.
Cleveland’s ace is the runaway favorite for the American League Cy Young Award, racking up strikeouts at a record rate with a baffling mix of pitches.
“My hope is people realize it can happen to anybody,” John Mozeliak, the team’s president of baseball operations, said of the virus outbreak that halted the team’s schedule for two weeks.
A minor league team in Spokane, Wash., has steadfastly stood by its nickname with the support of the local Native American community.
It is not just the N.F.L.’s Washington team that could get a name change. A number of schools are also reconsidering nicknames, though some are resisting any switch.
The announcement came hours after the Washington Redskins of the N.F.L. made a similar statement. Both teams have been the subject of protests and criticism from Native Americans and others.
Companies and sports teams are trying to correct America’s painful history of overtly hurtful advertising. But not all.