Barry Bonds has taken everything from you. Your innocence. Your precious heroes. Your foolish belief that anyone has ever played baseball as well as him. He has laughed at you while he has done it, and all you are able to sputter in impotent response are some lame insults about his “big head” or whatever.
Now he has taken that from you too:
He has taken ownership over the only thing you have on him, hugged it close and deprived it of its power.
You should just stop. Barry wins. Barry always wins.
This is fantastic. Some rare film appeared on the doorstep of the Library of Congress over the summer. Its archivists checked it out and it just so happened to have four minutes of newsreel highlights from the 1924 World Series, in which the Washington Senators beat the New York Giants in a thrilling, 12-inning Game 7 which ended on a walkoff bad hop. Like, really. And Walter Johnson pitched four innings of scoreless relief.
Here’s the backstory on the film from Dan Steinberg of the Washington Post. Here’s the Wikipedia page on the 1924 World Series. Here’s the footage:
Because the Dodgers need a coast-to-coast empire, more reasons to play up their ancient Brooklyn connection and an association with a literal oligarch instead of the practical oligarchs which currently own them. From NetsDaily.com:
The ownership of the Brooklyn Nets is in “ongoing discussions” with Guggenheim Sports and Entertainment Assets, owners of the Los Angeles Dodgers, on a “combination of assets.” Mikhail Prokhorov would remain in control of the Nets, say sources close to the discussions.
In the discussions, the team is being valued at $1.7 billion and the arena at $1.1 billion, said both sources. There is no agreement yet, nor a deadline for a conclusion of the discussions. The next step would be an agreement in principle followed by a closing.
My snark aside, this is probably best looked at as a real estate development deal, not a sports deal. That’s a huge part of Prokhorov’s interest is in the Nets in the first place, given all of the money to be made developing the area around the arena in Brooklyn. And of course Guggenheim Partners is all about investing in, well, everything, but I’m sure a big part of their move to get the Dodgers was the development opportunities at Chavez Ravine.
So this is all interesting, but it’s less of a sports story than it is a “stuff way bigger and more lucrative than sports” story.
George Shuba wasn’t much of a big leaguer. He was a backup, mostly, playing parts of seven seasons for the Brooklyn Dodgers. But he was significant enough that the New York Times has a big obituary for him today, following his death at age 89.
He was part of a moment — a small one, but a significant all the same — that helped form Jackie Robinson’s legacy and history. From the Times:
On the afternoon of April 18, 1946, Robinson became the first black player in modern organized baseball when he made his debut with the Dodgers’ Montreal Royals farm team in their International League opener against the Jersey City Giants.
In the third inning, Robinson hit a three-run homer over the left-field fence. When he completed his trip around the bases, Shuba, the Royals’ left fielder and their next batter, shook his hand.
That was Shuba. And a famous photograph of that handshake was taken (it’s reproduced over at the Times obit). Which seems so small today, but it was pretty darn big in 1940s America. Not that Shuba’s life can be reduced to a handshake. The Times, in fact, has a lot of interesting stuff about Shuba’s life in and after baseball.
He was the kind of person most people forget but whose stories, however small they were, help make up baseball’s rich fabric.