Def Jam Vs. Heavyhitters Annual Family Fall Classic

10689714_10152498031547529_5952871536456138006_nThis Saturday, September 13th, 2014, is the Def Jam Vs. HeavyHitters Annual Family Fall Classic- a softball game played by celebrities, staff, and friends.

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The Jackie Robinson Foundation Partners With U.S. Cellular And Ford Motors

mone and the Jackie Robinson West Little LeagueDella Britton Baeza, President and CEO of The Jackie Robinson Foundation (JRF), announced today that in partnership with U.S. Cellular and the Ford Motor Company Fund, the Foundation will provide a four year JRF college scholarship to a member of the Jackie Robinson West Little League (JRW).  Continue Reading →

HW Pick: The Negro National And Eastern Colored Leagues

harlem starsThe New York History Blog posts that the companion volume to Black Baseball Entrepreneurs, 1860–1901: Operating by Any Means Necessary, Michael E. Lomax’s new book, Black Baseball Entrepreneurs, 1902-1931: The Negro National and Eastern Colored Leagues (Syracuse Univ. Press, 2014), continues to chronicle the history of black baseball in Harlem and the United States. Continue Reading →

Harlem Little League And Bernie Williams Celebrate The 75th Anniversary Of Little League

harlem little leaque1Former MLB All-Star and New York Yankees centerfielder, Bernie Williams, and Little Leaguers® from Harlem, New York, today lit the Empire State Building in red, white and blue in a special ceremony to honor the 75th Anniversary of Little League®. Continue Reading →

Lou Gherig Born In Harlem

Lou Gehrig at the SouthField in HarlemHenry Louis “Lou” Gehrig (June 19, 1903 – June 2, 1941), nicknamed “The Iron Horse” for his durability, was an American Major League Baseball first baseman. Continue Reading →

Baseball’s Satchel Paige in Harlem, 1941

satchelpaigeWith complete swagger in motion is one of baseball’s most charismatic cats, Satchel Paige, sitting on a car above. Continue Reading →

The Raz: How Sports Eased The Pain

By Marc Rasbury

There is not a person over the age of 15, who does not remember what they were doing around 8:45 am on the morning of September 11, 2001. That is when a large jumbo jet crashed into the World Trade Center Tower One. About 30 minutes later, a second plane crashed into Tower Two. In a thirty minute period, our lives were changed forever. Americans no longer felt that we were isolated from the hostile attacks that others around the world experienced on a daily basis.

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The Raz: Tale of Two Shortstops

By Marc “The Raz” Rasbury

It is funny how fortunes can change in a (Harlem) New York minute. Two years ago, Derek Jeter was the King of New York while his Mets counter part, Jose Reyes, was being labeled an enigma. Jeter was leading the Yanks to their 27th World Series Championship whereas Reyes was nursing what was originally diagnosed as a hamstring strain that eventually turned into a year-long rehabilitation stint.

Now Reyes is being mentioned among the NL MVP candidates and some folks are trying to run Jeter out-of-town. In all fairness, it is not right to compare Jeter and Reyes at this stage of their careers. Continue Reading →