The following year he moved to the indianapolis ABC’s but the team ran into financial problems. He left them to go play for Pittsburgh Crawford, where he stayed for five years. While he was there him, Ted Page and Cool Papa Bell formed what is considered the best outfield in the Negro Leagues. This performance earned him three appearances in the East-West
Most players made five thousand or less for their participation, Swede reportedly made anywhere from ten to fifteen thousand dollars. In todays world thats equivalent to $224,112.73. Swede went across the U.S. and up north to Canada playing baseball in two different leagues, and from time to time would end up on the same team as some of his old teammates. His wife didn't like the way he started to live his life so she filed for divorce in 1922 and the divorce got finalized in December of the same year. During the summer of the 1922, he teamed up with his boys from the White Sox on a the same team lefty did, the Ex-Major League Stars.
Ted Williams: Greatest Hitter that ever lived By Devin Gildner Born in San Diego California, on August 30th 1918. Ted Williams one of the greatest hitters that ever lived. In his first career season with the Boston Red Sox, his batting average was .329. His lifetime batting average was .344. In the season of 1941 he hit at the average of .406 and won the Triple Crown.
When he began to pitch it was obvious he had a tremendous gift and soon he merged with the Cuban X-Giants, where he became their ace pitcher. That season they won forty-four games in a row. Prior to so many victories he decided to join the team that he defeated known as the Philadelphia Giants and began to gain a reputation for his skills. Foster soon became a legend after an astonishing season in 1905 where word spread that he had a mind blowing record of 51-4, eventually Foster’s passion and success on the mound moved him to high positions in baseball. In a team known as the Leland Giants in 1907 Foster became their star pitcher and player-manager which helped them win an astonishing 110 games as well as capturing the Chicago City League Title.
¨Would I prefer to stay in school or play baseball¨. Later in life, he answered that question with “ If given the choice between the two I would’ve chosen baseball”. Not only did he like baseball, but he also practiced it all the time to the point where he would sit in the dugout with his father's industrial league teammates, and listen to baseball strategies and techniques while absorbing the game's finer moments. When Mays turned 13, he was playing on a semi-professional team called the gray Sox. Then eventually, Mays started playing for the local Birmingham black barons, which was one of the major leagues for African-American players. Mays was playing center field and was paid $250 a month to play.
He started practice with the Royals in Florida, but first went to spring training and experienced his first racial abuse on the way down to the south (Robinson 31). Reporters asked lots of questions like “What will you do if pitchers throw at you?” “Duck” he said (qtd in Robinson 31). He was part of the team now, but he had to skip the first practice because of death threats (Robinson 33). But he was able to go to the first game on April 18, 1946.
The Brooklyn Dodgers saw him and wanted him on their team. “The Dodgers repealed the city’s ban on interracial sporting competitions.” (Klarman 393) His first season started on April 15th, 1947. The Dodgers wanted to attract attention to their stands but also desegregate sports and just modern society.
The Roaring 20’s brought many great changes to America. New technology, economic boom, and cultural change strived. George Herman “Babe” Ruth Jr., an American baseball player, was one of eight children born to a saloon keeper. He was taught at St. Mary’s Industrial School for Boys, where his love and passion for the game, began. Little did anyone know, soon, America would be home to the legend of baseball.
Baseball to Jackie Robinson was gateway to freedom, he was inspired by his older brother to pursue a career for what he had a talent and a love for athletics and Baseball. Jackie was arrested and court-martialed for refusing to give up his seat and move to the back of a segregated bus, but because of his reputation he received an honorable discharge. His courage and moral objection to segregation were precursors to the impact Robinson would have in major league baseball. Jackie Robinson broke the ‘’color barrier’’ by becoming the first African American to play Major League Baseball and inspired young black men to follow in his path and follow their dreams. Not only did he break the color barrier but he changed the society of America itself.
In the workshop, “What baseball taught me about diversity,” Antonio D. Evans explained the way diversity connects to every aspect of playing baseball. His experiences throughout his baseball career taught him how to be culturally diverse and how society can become culturally diverse. He mentions that he played on teams with people who didn’t think like him, act like him or look like him, but he accepted them as a human being. Evans’ also states that baseball is a good teacher of life and you can be bad seventy percent of the time and still be one of the best.
M. Wilson, mentioned that the fans in the stands never really noticed who was on the field, instead they only examined what was on the field. They only looked for talent. They only came to see good baseball players. He also specified that “Race relations in baseball had reflected those in American society as a whole in the decades since the end of the civil war” which meant that sports, specifically baseball, had been affecting Americans ever since the 19th century. During this time the people who didn’t agree with American race relations decided to challenge the Jim Crow Segregation laws through baseball .