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 on: Today at 12:07:31 AM 
Started by doctordoowop - Last post by doctordoowop
I recall  watching  Arthur  Crier  on his  great R&B   PBS  show--he   told  Gene Tompkins that Baines' father sang in a Bronx  R&B group.


True? If so  who is
Baines old man.

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 on: January 23, 2019, 08:26:03 PM 
Started by doctordoowop - Last post by JoeC
Robb, as a White Sox fan, guess you liked the selection by the Old Timers Committee (now called the Era Committee) of Harold Baines?  That was back in December. Lee Smith also got voted in.

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 on: January 23, 2019, 06:22:59 PM 
Started by doctordoowop - Last post by Robb_K
Agree with  Mariano &  Halladay(sympathy  for way he died/?,  Mussina---borderline.  But strongly disagree with martinez--DH  whoalmost never playedfield.
If you hadn't put "DH" in the thread I wouldn't have even known this was related to Sports or even anything to do with The USA or this century, let alone figure out it had something to do with Baseball.  I guess the Halladay isn't Johnny (the French guy).

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 on: January 23, 2019, 12:49:57 PM 
Started by doctordoowop - Last post by doctordoowop
Agree with  Mariano &  Halladay(sympathy  for way he died/?,  Mussina---borderline.  But strongly disagree with martinez--DH  whoalmost never playedfield.

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 on: January 21, 2019, 09:12:19 PM 
Started by JoeC - Last post by JoeC
On my last trip  to Cuba-met  1 90 yr old ex Senator--Connie--  forget last name maybe  Marrero.

Did u know  that Cuban BB was segregated just like US  until  1947?

A little  known  fact--both Batista and  Fidel were part black -- why Batista  couldn't  play golf at a Havana Country club.

Connie Marrero, I remember well.  Washington Senator in the early to mid 50s. Didn't come to Senators until age 38. Highly effective junkballer. 

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 on: January 21, 2019, 09:02:52 PM 
Started by JoeC - Last post by doctordoowop
On my last trip  to Cuba-met  1 90 yr old ex Senator--Connie--  forget last name maybe  Marrero.

Did u know  that Cuban BB was segregated just like US  until  1947?

A little  known  fact--both Batista and  Fidel were part black -- why Batista  couldn't  play golf at a Havana Country club.

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 on: January 21, 2019, 02:11:26 PM 
Started by JoeC - Last post by JoeC
And who can forget Julio Becquer - first baseman and one-time student at the University of Havana. Currently an 87 year old resident of Minneapolis.

Also, the great Minnie Minoso from Cuba.

I guess Castro coming to power and that aftermath cut the Cuban pipeline -- which was then readily picked up by the DR. There were always a few Venezuelans as well. NYG pitcher Ray Monzant and Luis Aparicio and Chico Carrasquel come to mind from the 50s. PR gave us Cepeda and Clemente as well as Luis Arroyo and Felix Mantilla.

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 on: January 21, 2019, 01:01:31 PM 
Started by JoeC - Last post by bklynmike101
And who can forget Julio Becquer - first baseman and one-time student at the University of Havana. Currently an 87 year old resident of Minneapolis.

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 on: January 21, 2019, 08:57:57 AM 
Started by JoeC - Last post by JoeC
The Mets strategy with the old Dodgers and Giants stars was flawed to say the least. But ... it got me to the park. Certainly more than seeing Rod Kanehl or Choo Choo.

I recall how excited Ed Kranepool made me. First legit Mets prospect with promise. Wasn't he on the '62 roster at age 17? Homegrown, too. James Monroe HS in the Bronx.

Except for a cup of coffee, Kranepool did not really arrive until '63.  I still have my Ed Kranepool day model bat from a Shea Stadium promo. After retiring from baseball, he became a successful stock broker. 

Thanks, Mike. I knew he didn't play at 17. Was he on the roster because of that Bonus Baby rule, or had that already gone away? Glad to hear he's done well. Always like the success stories with ex-players.

Doc, old man Clark Griffith didn't know what he's started, signing all those Latin players (almost 100% Cuban) to the Senators in the 50s. Sandy Consuegra, Carlos Paula, Pedro Ramos, Camilo Pascual, Jose Valdivielso, etc.  Latinos now pretty much dominate the game.

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 on: January 21, 2019, 01:16:27 AM 
Started by JoeC - Last post by bklynmike101
The Mets strategy with the old Dodgers and Giants stars was flawed to say the least. But ... it got me to the park. Certainly more than seeing Rod Kanehl or Choo Choo.

I recall how excited Ed Kranepool made me. First legit Mets prospect with promise. Wasn't he on the '62 roster at age 17? Homegrown, too. James Monroe HS in the Bronx.

Except for a cup of coffee, Kranepool did not really arrive until '63.  I still have my Ed Kranepool day model bat from a Shea Stadium promo. After retiring from baseball, he became a successful stock broker. 

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