Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Tuesday's other post in THA HOOD on remote: Garageband's BBS on remote:

Since THA HOOD is located somewhere else, this is THA HOOD on remote.
Since The Garageband BBS Forums got shut down by Ali P. when iLIKE bought garageband, this is also: The Garageband BBS on Remote....

Most of these messages in "This Arena" aren't duplicated or repeated in THA HOOD. Tha Hood used to get all these messages, but the loyal members of tha hood all aint tryna get these messages e-mailed to them every day. THA HOOD, now, has 3 sections. The place where Images get stored (The Blog spot in yahoo's THA HOOD), the place where members can join and post to a network through e-mails (yahoo groups THA HOOD) and this one right here.

Since tha BBS and tha Hood on Remote (this arena) was created, most of the messages go from here. The fact is, unless it's breaking news, I aint e-mailin the message to the loyal members of THA HOOD (Yahoo Groups)....

Today, I had a point to make, for anyone and everyone to read about, that isn't a NEWS Headline. This has been old news since the 1940's. History has a way of telling people the history that they want them to hear, not always the facts, but information, that is filtered....

Yeah, I sent this message through the e-mail (yahoo Groups) Tha Hood all got it. Now, yall must have thought this was all about music, right? I guess so far, it has here on this remote arena....But peep this:

Barry Bonds, Hammering Hank Aaron, and the "Babe" Ruth were not even close to the 962 homeruns that Josh Gibson hit back in the day in the negro leagues. From how civil rights were, and how people treated african american people back then, it's safe to say, he was not taking HGH or Steriods....This is real, A-Rod might pass Hank Aaron and Barry Bonds, he won't pass my man Josh Gibson though!

Here's MLB (the Major League Baseball website) version of it:

Negro Leagues

Born: Dec. 11, 1911, Buena Vista, Ga. Died: Jan. 10, 1947, Kansas City, MO.Bats: RightThrows: Right Hall of Fame induction: 1972
Ray Dandridge on Josh Gibson: 56k 300k
Mention most icons of the Negro Leagues, and the burning issue is how baseball's color line denied them acknowledgment alongside their Major League peers. But Josh Gibson paid a steeper price: Recognition as perhaps the greatest player of all time.
The Georgia-born, Pittsburgh-reared muscular catcher was that good. His drives were that majestic. His arm was that strong, his legs that fleet.
The numbers Gibson posted as the mainstay, alternately, of both the Pittsburgh Crawfords and Homestead Grays read like fiction: a .354 average and 962 homers throughout a 17-season career, with single-season highs of .517 and 84. Even conceding the unreliability of stat-keeping in the Negro Leagues, many of those numbers are corroborated by the official Baseball Encyclopedia.

Award winners Jimmy Rollins and Juan Pierre accepted Legacy Awards last week from the employees at the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum. More>>The motives Branch Rickey had several reasons for signing Jackie Robinson to a pro contract with the Brooklyn Dodgers. Historian Steve Goldman has the details. More>>Segregated Baseball: A Kaleidoscopic reviewWhile the very existence of the Negro Leagues was necessary because of the racial divides in the United States, black baseball not only survived -- it excelled. More>Traveling showBarnstorming was common place in the Negro Leagues. More> Same scenario, different outcome
The Negro Leagues endured a slow death after Jackie Robinson joined the Dodgers. Will the same thing happen to the Japanese leagues after losing a big star like Ichiro to the Majors?
More>--> The numbers merely eulogize a man who made indelible impressions on everyone who saw him play. Negro Leaguers who played with and against him from 1929 through 1946 revered him. Big leaguers who tried to get him out -- and there were many, as postseason barnstorming series between Major and Negro Leaguers were big attractions, and Gibson hit a collective .412 in these games -- were awed by him.
"I played with Willie Mays and against Hank Aaron," Monte Irvin once said. "They were tremendous players, but they were no Josh Gibson. You saw him hit, and you took your hat off.
"It makes me sad to talk about Josh, because he didn't get to play in the Major Leagues, and when you tell people how great he was, they think you're exaggerating."
In an allegorical sense, the color line was drawn right at Gibson's feet. In the early '40s, Dodgers Manager Leo Durocher was reprimanded by Commissioner Kenesaw Mountain Landis for musing about how nice it would be to be able to jot Gibson's name on his lineup card. According to hearsay, Pittsburgh Pirates owner Bill Benswanger actually signed Gibson to a Major League contract in 1943 that was vetoed by Landis.
But while Gibson couldn't play in the Major Leagues, he could play in Major League parks, and the big houses nurtured his legend. He preceded Mickey Mantle as the only two men to smoke a ball out of Griffith Stadium in Washington, D.C. He also is credited with being the only one to ever hit one out of Yankee Stadium, an undocumented blow ostensibly struck in September 1930 off Connie Rector of the Lincoln Giants.
Gibson, himself, always pooh-poohed the notion he'd actually hit a ball out of The House that Ruth Built, maintaining that he'd only reached the center-field bullpen. He was a modest man and a playful one. Gibson would needle opposing hitters by throwing fistfuls of dirt on their shoes, and goad pitchers by rolling up his sleeves to make his biceps bulge.
Josh Gibson, second from left, helped the Pittsburgh Crawfords win the Negro National League pennant in 1935 and 1936.
Mostly, though, Gibson was a sad man, going through a short life under the weight of many burdens. The padlocked Majors wasn't even the heaviest.
Gibson never fully recovered from an early-career trauma, the death in 1920 of his 17-year-old wife Helen while giving birth to his twin children. Unable to bear the haunting memory of Helen he saw in the twins, he left them in the care of his in-laws and tried to lose himself in baseball, and in an out-of-control lifestyle away from the diamond.
But through the binges and the dry-outs, and despite ailing knees that had kept him out of World War II service, Gibson kept hitting the covers off the ball.
In 1943, the source of recurring headaches was diagnosed as a brain tumor. Gibson understood the gravity of that condition, but didn't flinch.
"Death ain't nothing," he said. "You can't tell me nothing about death. Death ain't nothing but a fastball on the outside corner."
On a January evening four years later, having sought refuge from the pounding in his head in a darkened movie theater, Gibson was found unconscious in his seat when the lights came on. He was taken to his mother's house, where he passed away early the next morning -- at 35 -- three months before Jackie Robinson kicked down the door to the Majors.
For nearly three decades, he lay in an unmarked grave in Allegheny Cemetery. Then-Commissioner Bowie Kuhn and a former Pittsburgh Crawford teammate chipped in in 1975 to erect a headstone that says simply, "Legendary Baseball Player."
In 1972, Gibson became one of the first Negro League veterans to be elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame.
When The Sporting News chose The 20th Century's 100 Greatest Players in 2000, Josh Gibson was No. 18.
Tom Singer covers the Angels for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

to see this whole segment on MLB's actual webpage go here:
http://www.mlb.com/mlb/history/mlb_negro_leagues_profile.jsp?player=gibson_josh

Josh Gibson is the Homerun King, Barry Who? Hank what? Babe who?!

1 comment:

Green Guy said...

Next Segment: s.o.a.Z on 11-21

Then: Thanksgiving special:
B.I.P. stort/BIO

On Black Friday (11-23)
we have the:

Va'Les (Vary Less) BIO/Story segment...

On Monday 11-26 the segment will be on Shallow aka: Nvisiblebeats