Christie Pits riot

There is a misconception that most people were appalled about Hitler coming to power in 1933, and that it was only the Germans who endorsed the Nazi policies. But that would be far from the truth. Hitler’s rise to power was celebrated in many parts of the world, even in Canada. It’s not hard toContinue reading “Christie Pits riot”

Joe DiMaggio in WWII

” Where have you gone Joe DiMaggio, Our Nation turns its lonely eyes to you”  lyrics from Simon and Garfunkel’s Mrs Robinson. When I first heard the song as a kid I had no idea who this Joe DiMaggio was. Now I know of course,he was a great baseball player but by all accounts heContinue reading “Joe DiMaggio in WWII”

The Court martial of Jackie Robinson.

Jack Roosevelt Robinson (January 31, 1919 – October 24, 1972) was an American professional baseball second baseman who became the first African American to play in Major League Baseball (MLB) in the modern era.Robinson broke the baseball color line when the Brooklyn Dodgers started him at first base on April 15, 1947. The Dodgers, by signing Robinson, heralded the end of racial segregation in professional baseball that had relegated black players toContinue reading “The Court martial of Jackie Robinson.”

Baseball and the WWII Battlefield

In January 1942, Kenesaw Mountain Landis (1866-1944), the national commissioner of baseball, wrote a letter to President Roosevelt in which he asked if professional baseball should shut down for the duration of the war. In what came to be known as the “green light” letter, Roosevelt responded that professional baseball should continue operations, as itContinue reading “Baseball and the WWII Battlefield”