Nine

Publication covering sports, fitness and history.

Articles from Vol. 12, No. 2, Spring

Baseball's New Frontier: The Expansion of 1961-62
On January 20, 1961, in his inaugural address, President John F. Kennedy Proclaimed: Let the word go forth from this time and place, to friend and foe alike, that the torch has been passed to a new generation of Americans.... Let every nation know,...
Collins, Bender, Chase
White Sox playing manager Eddie "Cocky" Collins (left) and pitcher Charles Albert "Chief" Bender reunite for a cameo appearance in Chicago in 1925. Bender was forty-one years old when this picture was taken and had been out of Major League ball since...
Contributors
Bob Boynton made several research contributions in the 1990s that were published in NINE and other baseball journals. Although he has given up baseball research, he still likes to contribute an occasional book review. Ron Briley is assistant schoolmaster...
Crime and Punishment: The Marichal-Roseboro Incident
The Marichal-Roseboro incident is one of the most heavily documented yet least understood on-field episodes in baseball history. Because the affair caught spectators and press by surprise, there are no photographs and only a few conflicting eyewitness...
Earl Mann, Nat Peeples, and the Failed Attempt of Integration in the Southern Association
At 10:30 P.M. on April 9, 1954, Nat Peeples, an outfielder for the Atlanta Crackers, made history as he broke the color line in the venerable, tradition-rich, class-AA Southern Association. (1) In the Crackers' opening game of the season against the...
Greatest Moments
Upon returning to the hotel room from Wrigley Field, I switched on the TV to watch the final play of the game I'd just witnessed. In retrospect it seems a strange thing to do, reviewing with such urgency what I'd just experienced, though I so rarely...
The Golden Age We Have: Who's Knocking It and Why?
Leonard was born in Moscow, Russia, not Idaho, in 1923 and came to the United States to New York City with his family in 1928. New York, as you know, was then, much more than now, a center of America's sport and culture, and Leonard was certainly drawn...
The Los Angeles Bards Live in Pasadena
The Los Angeles Bards Live in Pasadena. Producers and mixers Harland Steinberger, Michael C. Ford, and Terry Cannon. Produced for Stone Mountain Entertainment 2003 by HenHouse Studios, Venice CA. Sponsored by The Baseball Reliquary, Monrovia CA. ...
The Patriotic Pinch Hitter: The AAGBL and How the American Woman Earned a Permanent Spot on the Roster
During World War II, that lovely, patriotic pinch hitter "Rosie the Riveter" stepped up to bat, entering the workforce so her boyfriend, "Charlie," could take it for the team by going to war. Once she saw her MVP rounding third, Rosie happily slid...
The Welcome Theory: An Approach to Studying African American Youth Interest and Involvement in Baseball
Brothers Moses and Welday Walker became the first African Americans to play at a Major League level. Both played in 1884 with Toledo of the American Association, the catcher Moses in 42 games and Welday, an outfielder, in 5 games. (1) Moses "Fleet"...
You're Never Too Young to Dream: The Craftsmanship of Baseball Bats
Baseball is what dreams are made of. You're sitting in Atlanta's old Fulton County Stadium. The bases are loaded. Ray Lankford is at bat for the visiting Cardinals. As a fan, perhaps you dream of seeing a rare grand slam or of hitting that home run...