Pythias Russ: The Negro Leagues’ Forgotten Thoroughbred

While most fans know of Josh Gibson and Cool Papa Bell, there are still some fantastically talented players who, for some reason or another, have been completely left out of the history of the Negro Leagues. You are about to meet one of them… […]

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Memo Luna: The Story Behind Card 222

One can almost hear the voices of 10 year-old boys repeating the name “MEMO LUNA!” as they expectantly thumbed through a freshly opened pack of the new 1954 Bowman bubble gum cards. While coming across a Ray Katt, Gil Coan or Mel Hoderlein would have merited merely a grunt or groan, even the most jaded 10 year-old boy had to admit that “Memo Luna” had an alluring ring to it. […]

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Luis Olmo: Kidnapping, safe houses, and other minor league hijinx

As one of the first Puerto Ricans to play in the minors, Luis Olmo knew he’d face many obstacles – but he had no idea they would include kidnapping, a Harlem safe house and contract hijinx by the most powerful men in the game. […]

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