Tuesday, June 23, 2015

The Fairer Game: Melissa Mayeux, Mo'ne Davis, and the Rise of the Female Ballplayer

The funny thing about history is that it can only be viewed in retrospect. While the redundancy of that statement is rather blatant, what I mean by it is veiled a bit. Certain milestones in our culture seem inevitable, but there will always be a level of uncertainty to their happening until the day finally arrives. Integration was inevitable in the 1940's, but it took the risk and guile of Branch Rickey and Jackie Robinson to make it happen. Larry Doby and others followed soon thereafter. In a much less socially turbulent manner, Masanori Murakami became the first Japanese player to make the Major Leagues in 1964, nearly a century after the inception of professional baseball. Robinson, Doby, and Murakami were not the primary trailblazers, though. Many men had tried and were held back by any number of disadvantages. They were the men to break through. Fifteen and a half years into the twenty-first century, the paradigm of baseball and American sports is much different, and two very young women are kicking up dirt on another cultural inevitability.

Chase Down the Rising Sun: Shohei Ohtani Faces the Hype

Twenty-three year old Shohei Ohtani took the mound for the first time in a Major League stadium on Sunday. His slender, six-foot-four frame ...