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.
Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer Scott Lauber covers the Boston Red Sox for ESPN.com. Follow on Twitter BOSTON -- Dustin Pedroia continues to have trouble with his left knee. Pedroia was lifted Thursday night from the Boston Red Sox's 6-2 win over the Texas Rangers after the fifth inning with what the team described as left knee pain. The second baseman was classified as day-to-day after a move that the team stressed was "precautionary." It's unclear when Pedroia aggravated his knee. He walked and scored in the third inning and was replaced by Josh Rutledge before the top of the sixth. Pedroia underwent arthroscopic knee surgery last October. He missed three games last month after Baltimore Orioles
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