Lindholm: Rube Foster and the Negro leagues centennial

From SABR member Karl Lindholm at the Addison County Independent on March 12, 2020:

I grew up a baseball-obsessed boy at a time when there were lots of boys who shared my obsession.

I was born in Boston and raised in Maine, a suburb of Boston, so I was a Red Sox fan. It was unavoidable, a birthright.

The 1950s was an era of excellence for the Red Sox — unfortunately, that excellence was exclusive to one player, Ted Williams, a prickly hero. The team itself was mediocre at best, year after year.

I was thrilled by the excitement of baseball’s integration, of the breakthrough and careers of Jackie Robinson and other early black players for the Dodgers, Giants, Indians, and, ever so slowly, other teams. Young and naive, I wished for and awaited the day the Red Sox could locate a player good enough to play for them, for us.

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Originally published: March 12, 2020. Last Updated: March 12, 2020.