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.
On June 11, 1985, the Philadelphia Phillies pounded
the living daylights out of the New York Mets. As part
of their ongoing series on memorable doings at the
soon-to-be-doomed Veterans Stadium, the Philadelphia
Inquirer looks back at a game that saw the Phillies
leading 16-0 after two innings. Michael D. Schaffer
talks to some of the participants in what turned out
to be a 26-7 route of a team that won 98 games that
year. The thing I remember about that game is how the
Phillies had a pretty good chance to get to 30 runs
(something that hadn't been done in the 20th Century)
and had two men on with nobody out in
the eighth, only to come up empty and fall four runs
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