1921 Orioles: Jack Dunn

The best way to begin my series on the 1921 Orioles is with their owner-manager, Jack Dunn. A true “baseball lifer,” Dunn had been a big league pitcher at the turn of the century before becoming a manager and finally owner of the minor league Baltimore Orioles. Dunn’s insistence on staying independent from any major league teams enabled him to assemble a ball club that would win seven consecutive International League pennants. […]

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Introduction to “My Favorite Historical Team” Series

Today I’m unveiling the historical minor league team that I will begin to cover in its entirety. 20 players, from the manager and starting lineup to the pitching staff and utility players. There’s a Hall of Famer and well-known All-Stars, scrubs and never-weres. This team is part of a seven pennant-winning dynasty. I’m talking about the 1921 Baltimore Orioles. […]

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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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