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Postby Spiegs1106 » Mon Mar 20, 2006 10:22 pm

I am in the middle of writing a research paper about the integration of the major leagues. Right now, I am looking into the impact that the Negro Leagues has on today.

I need to find some sort of connection to modern baseball.

Maybe involving diversity today within the league?

Could I do something with the Sosa, Migwire HR race

How can I connect Race into modern baseball and have something fun to research.
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Postby bigh0rt » Mon Mar 20, 2006 10:47 pm

How about talking about Barry Bonds being treated unjustly due to being African American ;-7 ??
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Postby dannyolbb » Mon Mar 20, 2006 11:22 pm

Perhaps you could write about the integration of the front offices, which is still a very slow process. Even the manager's role has rarely been filled by African-Americans.

That seems like it could be a solid connection.
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Postby josebach » Tue Mar 21, 2006 12:15 am

bigh0rt wrote:How about talking about Barry Bonds being treated unjustly due to being African American ;-7 ??


Or you could talk about how unjustly Roger Maris was treated when he broke Babe Ruth's record... uh, due to being caucasion? ;-7
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Postby Spiegs1106 » Tue Mar 21, 2006 10:50 am

any other ideas? I need something by this afternoon
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Postby josebach » Tue Mar 21, 2006 11:46 am

Spiegs1106 wrote:any other ideas? I need something by this afternoon


How about writing a paper on why when compared to the rest of society there is a disproportionate percentage of African Americans playing major league baseball? There are many reasons for this but one of the most likely is the lack of opportunity in rural areas for blacks to even play baseball.

Here's an article on it that might be a good place to start if you're interested.

http://www.suntimes.com/output/worldser ... eep26.html
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Postby perlick29 » Tue Mar 21, 2006 2:28 pm

As long as you are in Massachusetts you could make the connection on which geographical cities were slowest to integrate like Boston, but how some cities like Philly for instance have virtually no foreigners including African-Americans with the exception of new roster member Tom Gordon, and Jimmy Rollns who wants out of Philly after this year.
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Postby baseball6791 » Tue Mar 21, 2006 2:29 pm

Maybe you could talk about the Negro league's impact in bringing baseball to black communities, and making playing baseball a realistic dream/career for young black kids, hence leading to the large number of black players :-?
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Postby josebach » Tue Mar 21, 2006 4:10 pm

baseball6791 wrote:Maybe you could talk about the Negro league's impact in bringing baseball to black communities, and making playing baseball a realistic dream/career for young black kids, hence leading to the large number of black players :-?


Realistic? There's about 100 African American players in all of MLB. Not sure I'd call that realistic. Unrealistic expectations of making it in professional sports is actually a huge problem among some young people.
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Postby baseball6791 » Tue Mar 21, 2006 4:43 pm

josebach wrote:
baseball6791 wrote:Maybe you could talk about the Negro league's impact in bringing baseball to black communities, and making playing baseball a realistic dream/career for young black kids, hence leading to the large number of black players :-?


Realistic? There's about 100 African American players in all of MLB. Not sure I'd call that realistic. Unrealistic expectations of making it in professional sports is actually a huge problem among some young people.


Wow, I had definitely thought there was more than that. Either way, I was just throwing some ideas out there to maybe help him figure out what direction to go O:-)
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