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Thursday, September 30, 2004

The Washington Grays
No doubt in retaliation for their petulant behavior regarding the Iraq War, we've taken away one of their major league baseball teams, and placed it in Washington D. C. That'll learn 'em.

I kind of hope they don't rename the team the Washington Senators, because Patty Murray will probably think they're referring to her (even if she loses the election). Michael Wilbon makes a very convincing case that they should be called the Washington Grays, after the Negro League team that played in Washington:
The Grays won nine straight Negro National League pennants when the team played here, from the late 1930s until 1950.

Not only was it probably the greatest Negro League franchise of all, but with apologies to Satchel Paige and the Kansas City Monarchs, it was the most glamorous of all the Negro League teams and at its height featured Josh Gibson and Buck Leonard. And if your first inclination is that a 15-year-old kid has never heard of Josh Gibson, chances are you're right . . . and he's never heard of Frank Howard either. I remember Sam Lacy, the great sportswriter for the Afro-American newspapers, telling me that one season in the late 1930s or early '40s, Gibson hit more home runs than the entire Senators lineup.
He's convinced me: the Negro Leagues deserve more official recognition from Major League Baseball than they get, and naming a team after a Negro League team--especially, as, Wilbon points out, in America's blackest city, would be a very appropriate gesture. John Miller points to an online petition urging the ownership to make that gesture.
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