The Cleveland Indians will unveil a Frank Robinson statue at Progressive Field on Saturday. Robinson’s tenure in Cleveland was not long, but it was historic. On April 8, 1975, he became the first African-American manager in Major League history.
Kevin Gausman finally looks like a MLB pitcher again, only to be disappointed by the amazing futility of the offense. In the We gotta find a silver lining somewhere department, may I present Kevin Gausmans start last night as proof not all hope is lost? Jake Marisnick and Carlos Beltran homered for Houston and nobody for Baltimore scored.
As you get ready for Memorial Day weekend and whatever it entails for you and yours, take some time to read an excellent article from Mike Bates over at The Hardball Times. The article is about Eddie Grant. You probably never heard of him. He was a journeyman infielder — often a backup — from 1905 through 1915. If you have heard of him, it was likely not for his baseball exploits, however: it was because he was the first active baseball player to die in combat, killed in the Battle of the Argonne Forest in October 1915. Michael tells us about more than Grant’s death, however. He provides a great overview of his life and career. And notes that Grant didn’t even have to go to war if he didn’t want