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Jul 25, 2006


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Monarchs? Bah. Everyone knows that the epicenter of the Negro Leagues was in Pittsburgh, home of the Homestead Grays and Josh Gibson, the "black Babe Ruth." (In hindsight, maybe Ruth was the "white Josh Gibson".)

Still, the museum sounds great. I'll have to check it out someday.

Michael Kruse

Isn't interesting that a guy from Kansas City and a guy from Pittsburgh should be finding a way to talk about baseball without mentioning either the Royals or the Pirates. *grin*

Gibson was about the best. But how about Cool Papa Bell, Jesse Williams, Buck O'Neil, Jackie Robinson, Satchel Paige, Ernie Banks, Elston Howard, or Hank Thompson. *grin*

Should you ever make to the museum, I know you would love it. It really is impressive.


Defensiveness about the past is bred into Pittsburghers. In that sense we're a lot like the Irish - half of us have left home to look for work, but in our imaginations the city remains a paradise of blast furnaces and World Series trophies. God help the man who says something less than complimentary about her.

As for the Pirates, we don't have much choice, do we? I'm just going to sit here and wax nostalgic about Honus Wagner and Willie Stargell... ah. That's better.

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