Behind the scenes of Major League Baseball, team management and leadership is slowly becoming more diverse. In part, the rise of “Moneyball” analytics has helped broaden the kind of knowledge and experience that ball clubs seek in hiring. Special correspondent John Carlos Frey talks to two high-level baseball executives who are challenging the stereotypes. Continue reading
Banks, popularly known to fans as “Mr. Cub,” joined the team as its first black player in 1953. He hit 512 career home runs throughout his 19-season career with the Cubs and was famous for his catchphrase, “Let’s play two,” which adorns his statue at Wrigley Field. Continue reading
The Kansas City Royals’ meteoric rise from Midwestern underdog to American League champs has electrified its hometown. Tonight, before the faceoff with World Series veterans, the San Francisco Giants, Gwen Ifill speaks Mike Pesca of Slate and Hampton Stevens of The Atlantic about the state of play that allowed an unlikely team to rise through the ranks. Continue reading
San Francisco radio stations KOIT-FM and KFOG-FM have pledged to remove the signature chart-topping song “Royals” from their airwaves until the end of Major League Baseball’s World Series.
At bat for the last time on his home field, Yankees player Derek Jeter made the winning run of the game. That emotional farewell comes at a time when pro sports and athletes have been in the headlines for troubling and criminal behavior. Jeffrey Brown talks to Christine Brennan of USA Today and ABC News and Mike Pesca of Slate and NPR about Jeter’s closer, plus a scandal in sports opinion journalism. Continue reading
The Cubs will close out the 100th anniversary of Wrigley Field tonight when they play their last home game of the season against the St. Louis Cardinals. When the lights go down on the field Wednesday, however, it will be more than the end of both a season and a century at the ballpark — it will also mark the end of a video-free era.
Besides being a beloved baseball star, Babe Ruth was one of the first cancer patients to receive a combination of chemotherapy and radiation, a practice that doctors still use today. Continue reading
A sleeping baseball fan featured during ESPN commentary is striking back with a $10 million lawsuit Commentary from two ESPN announcers about a sleeping baseball fan could be a $10 million problem for Major League Baseball, the New York Yankees … Continue reading