Writers Bloc: Payback

Updated: June 19, 2003, 9:05 AM ET
By Jim Baker
  • Quick: Who was the second man to walk on the moon? You probably don't know. It's tough being the second person to do something momentous (can anybody name the second person to fly solo across the Atlantic?) and Larry Doby was that second person two times in his career. The first was when he was the next man through the color barrier behind Jackie Robinson when he joined the Indians on July 5, 1947. The second was when he became the second African-American manager after Frank Robinson in 1978 with the White Sox. Doby passed away yesterday at the age of 79. He is remembered here in a New York Times obituary -- the surest sign of a life of significance. Bill Madden also eulogizes him in today's New York Daily News.

  • So Latroy Hawkins is threatening to walk from the Twins after the season? "Where," asks Patrick Reusse of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, "is the gratitude?" Reusse writes that the Twins gave Hawkins a lot of chances to prove himself and a long-term deal on the basis of very little success, so his pronouncement that he was leaving seems a bit disingenuous.

    Jim Baker is an author at Baseball Prospectus and a frequent contributor to Page 2. You can e-mail Jim at bottlebat@gmail.com.