Yankees Baseball Card Trivia at Noon - Black History Month

Yankees Baseball Card Trivia at Noon - Black History Month

We thank ProfRobert for all his hard work in providing us with this week’s Yankees Baseball Card Trivia at Noon.

Friday: I don't remember the first Yankee game I ever attended, but I am certain this man played in it (he played 143 or more games seven straight years, peaking with years of 156, 158 and 159).  There was never a time for me when blacks and whites playing baseball together was anything out of the ordinary.  It certainly didn't mean that racism had ended, but thanks to a host of factors (Jackie Robinson and Branch Rickey; Truman integrating the military; Brown v. Board of Education; the Civil Rights Act of 1964) integration as a concept had been normalized for my and future generations.

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Bonus Tweet: Zach Britton is No Longer a Yankee, New Arm Added to replace Zach

Welcome to the team, Zack Britton!

Yankees Baseball Card Trivia at Noon - Black History Month

Yankees Baseball Card Trivia at Noon - Black History Month

ProfRobert is bringing this feature to us all week!

Thursday: The color line also barred black players from Latin America.  I believe this man was the first black Latin Yankee.  I know he was the first black man to manage in Triple-A, six years before Frank Robinson broke that color line at the Major League level.

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Mo’s Cutter - Guest Post by John Rizzo

Mo’s Cutter - Guest Post by John Rizzo

Mariano Rivera's cutter has earned him the first unanimous Hall of Fame vote in MLB history.  He devastated teams with this pitch for 17 years and continued to see success even into his final seasons when his velocity began to drop.  To the average baseball fan this feat is impressive, obviously.  But when looked at closer, this is absolutely and truly unbelievable.  One pitch, 17 years, 652 saves, and a HOF induction, but how exactly was Mo able to do it?  

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