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Baseball Thu May 29 2008

Japan, Carlos Quentin and Cap Anson

Random baseball items found on the web…

With the Cubs’ Kosuke Fukudome the latest Japanese baseball star to try to show his stuff in the West, the status of Japan’s own professional league is in shaky condition, according to a Bloomberg report. No less than former MLB manager Bobby Valentine says, “MLB is trying to kill the sport.”

The Sporting News reports on the “surprising” White Sox (surprising to them, right?) and says one of the main reasons for the unexpected surge is – who else? – Carlos Quentin.

The website Black Athlete Sports Network shows another side of Cap Anson, the legendary baseball figure who was captain-manager of the Chicago White Stockings (who later became the Cubs). Generally regarded as less-than-enlightened when it came to race, Anson was reportedly one of the first major leaguers to compete against an all-black team that was led by future Negro League founder Rube Foster.

 

Nuke LaLoosh / May 30, 2008 3:55 PM

Just FYI, the great player/rather racist human being's name is spelled "Cap Anson," not "Cap Ansen."

Ken GreenAuthor Profile Page / May 30, 2008 4:29 PM

Nuke,
Thank you for your dilligence on this matter. I had him confused with the Ansen Electronics Company (http://www.ansen.com.hk/). I do that a lot. *cough* *backpeddle* *cough*

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