Baseball fan. That’s me. Except, I’m kind of an intellectual about the sport, as I used to be a sports journalist, and I wrote about and researched baseball. I even wrote a short story about my idea of a futurist pitcher and what technologies the sport of baseball might use. Today, Major League Baseball celebrates the breaking of the color barrier by wearing Jackie Robinson’s jersey number: 42.
I wish Major League Baseball would stop being politically correct about who broke the color barrier.
I did research for a character in the fourth historical mystery in my Portia of the Pacific series, The Angel’s Trumpet, and his name was Moses Fleetwood Walker, a catcher in the Nineteenth Century, who was the first Black to break the color barrier in the Major Leagues. Why haven’t the official mucky-mucks recognized him?
I’ll tell you my theory. Moses was one of the first Black Nationalists, that’s why. Do you remember Malcolm X (Malcolm Little)? Yeah. That guy. His father was also a Black Nationalist. These very intelligent Black folks figured the system in the United States was purposely excluding their people from power, so they wanted their own property on which to live (like the present blonde from Georgia, Marjorie Taylor Greene, is now advocating, except for “her kind,” whatever that is). Either that or Blacks needed to go to another country to find a home. You know, “Go back where you came from.”
So, the reason MLB doesn’t want to wear Moses Walker’s number on their jersey to celebrate breaking the color barrier is because he was not Jackie Robinson, who was what Malcolm X would call a “House Negro”. In fact, Harry Belafonte called Barak Obama the same thing! But I digress.
So, I made poor Moses a lead character in my mystery, and I just wanted to set the record straight for the powers in Major League Baseball, which have this information also, as noted in this article by Sports Illustrated. Hell, Moses even straightened his hair for those ofays, man!
If you enjoy my mystery, meticulously researched, about the Grover Cleveland Administration (The Angel’s Trumpet), then you can also get a great deal by buying all six of my mysteries, which includes free audio versions of three of them in the price.
I hope you enjoy your weekend. I’ll watch my Padres today, as they seem not to be living up to expectations. Tampa Bay certainly is over-achieving at this point, but baseball is alot like life. It all evens out the karma in the end.
Bless you all, and keep reading! The inside makes you powerful for the outside stressors.