Bruce “Buddy” Petway: Keeping Ty Cobb (and history) Honest

Like many students of Negro League history, I was initially attracted to the subject by the rich stories that seemed too good to be true. Over the decades, many of those great tales have been proven false–but most, like the one I’m going to relate below, began with a true event, and no matter how much it was re-told and embellished over the years, that real story makes no less of a great story. […]

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Ford Meadows: Better Than The Babe

I love those “what if?” questions in history. You know, those major events in history that hinged on one minor and insignificant event or individual: what if Hitler had gotten into art school or what the world maps look like now if Gavrilo Princip was a lousy shot? Baseball has plenty of those great “what if’s” as well, and it was one of those minor turn of events that gave the game its greatest player. […]

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