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Moses Walker Predated Jackie Robinson Everybody knows that Jackie Robinson was the first black major league baseball player, right? Wrong--by 63 years! Moses Fleetwood (Fleet) Walker, a barehanded catcher, played 42 games for the Toledo Blue Stockings of the American Association way back in 1884 when the AA was a major league. Walker's presence on the team created considerable controversy. Walker was subjected to death threats and snubbed by his own teammates. His brother Welday joined the team for a while too, appearing in five games as an outfielder. However, with owners, players and fans all showing open hostility toward blacks, the major league moguls made a 'gentleman's agreement' not to sign any more black players after 1884. This tacit pact stood until Jackie Robinson took the field for the Brooklyn Dodgers on opening day 1947.
Tags: Moses  Fleetwood  Walker 
Added: 6th February 2008
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Posted By: Lava1964
Timely Death of Bunny Ryan 1979 Elizabeth (Bunny) Ryan was an American tennis star who specialized in doubles. Shown here in a 1923 photo, Ryan won a combined total of 19 women's doubles and mixed doubles titles at Wimbledon from 1914 through 1934. She held the record for most Wimbledon titles until 1979. That year, Billie Jean King was attempting to win her 20th title. King was paired with Martina Navratilova in the women's doubles--and Navratilova was almost unbeatable at that time. King's 20th title was virtually assured--and this did not please 87-year-old Elizabeth Ryan one bit. Ryan constantly snubbed King whenever King tried to approach her. 'She [King] is trying to steal my record,' Ryan told friends. When NBC's Bud Collins tried to arrange an interview with King and Ryan together, Ryan staunchly refused. King and Navratilova did win the 1979 Wimbledon women's doubles title on July 7--but Ryan was not around to see it. It what can only be described as a timely death, Ryan collapsed on the Wimbledon grounds the day before and died.
Tags: tennis  Elizabeth  Bunny  Ryan  Billie  Jean  King  death 
Added: 30th November 2009
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Posted By: Lava1964
George C Scott Snubs Oscars - 1971 George C. Scott did not like the Academy Awards. He disliked the whole concept. Scott referred to the spectacle of Oscar Night as "a two-hour meat parade" that was "offensive, barbarous, and innately corrupt." Here's a clip of the ceremony from 1971 where Scott won the Best Actor Oscar for his standout performance in Patton. To no one's great surprise, Scott wasn't present for the ceremony. When his name was announced as the winner, Scott was at home on the east coast fast asleep.
Tags: George  C  Scott  Patton  Oscar  snub 
Added: 8th June 2017
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Posted By: Lava1964

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