Academic journal article Journal of Intercultural Disciplines

Letter from the Editor

Academic journal article Journal of Intercultural Disciplines

Letter from the Editor

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Dear Readers:

There is something about the game of baseball that makes me smile. Simply walking into a stadium thrills me. Relatively dark entry tunnels open to a field of glorious green grass with crisp white lines accenting the diamond. Aromas of popcorn, peanuts, and hot dogs fill the air while vendors sell their wares. Each time I take a seat inside a stadium I remember history.

It is difficult not to think about citizenship within a stadium. American flags adorn fields. The United States National Anthem is played to the roar of an organ. Sometimes a brave singer will perform it a cappella, which can leave me breathless. Whether I choose to sing-along, or listen, I think about how baseball is America's sport, because it reflects society.

The Negro Leagues were formed to allow African Americans their time on the field. During times of segregation, these players set records that remain unbroken. Players, Cool Papa Bell, Satchel Paige, and Josh Gibson, left their mark on the segregated leagues. Early one March morning, I was sitting in the restaurant of a hotel in Tampa, Florida having coffee. My mind and eyes were still blurry as I slowly turned the pages of Walt Whitman's Leaves of Grass. After a short time, I caught familiar movements out of the comer of my eye. A man with hands so huge they almost hid his coffee mug was talking to his table companion. Their intriguing familiarity caused me to pause and consider just who was sitting at the table.

Sipping my freshly brewed coffee the personal fog of morning began to lift from my mind. Glancing at the table one more time, I realized the man hiding the coffee mug in his hands was none other than baseball great Buck O'Neal! …

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