Finding the Truth About Georgia-Born Slugger Rudy York

From Michelle Hiskey at Saporta Report on October 24, 2011, with mention of SABR member Terry Sloope and the Magnolia Chapter:

Even after the Atlanta Braves season ended like a pileup on the Downtown Connector, hardcore baseball fans in Atlanta still care about this World Series.

Not only that, they care enough to preserve and deepen our knowledge of the personalities that popularized baseball.

One devotee even spent a decade piecing together a more complete picture of a misunderstood, part-Cherokee slugger from Georgia named Rudy York.

The detective work began with a tender story of brokenness between a father and son. This digging revealed how stereotyping separates us from the truth.

York’s story – the legend and the newer reality – came up last week as a handful of baseball faithful gathered at Manuel’s Tavern.

The second game of the World Series between the St. Louis Cardinals and Texas Rangers was on TV, but these members of the Society for American Baseball Research (SABR) did not hang on every pitch.

They take a much longer view of the national pastime, a lens familiar with obscure names like Rudy York’s.


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Originally published: October 25, 2011. Last Updated: October 25, 2011.