The History Of America’s Defunct Baseball Teams

Defunct Baseball Teams No. 1: Providence Grays

When baseball was first organized in the late 19th century, the majority of its fans lived in the northeast region of the country. At one point, there were five teams in southern New England, and another five in New York state. But before the Yankees, Giants, and Red Sox reigned supreme, the Providence Grays of Rhode Island were a dominant force both in the standings and in the real world. In addition to winning two championships, one recent study suggests that the Grays debuted the first African-American player in 1879, five years before the player previously believed to break the pre-nadir color barrier.

Defunct Baseball Teams No. 2: Worcester Worcesters

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The Minneapolis Teamsters Strike of 1934

Minneapolis Teamsters Police Fight 1934

Labor unions sure didn’t come without a fight. Armed with pipes, members associated with the Trotskyist Communist League of America led a strike for over-the-road drivers that, coupled with a few other key strikes, ultimately led to the industrial unionism prominent throughout the end of the decade.

The “Lost” Valley Of Vietnam

Lost Valley Vietnam

There were many losers in the Vietnam War, but nature perseveres as the perennial winner; the eternal splendor of Vietnam’s La Drang is perhaps most evocative of that. 1965 marked the first major battle between US Army regulars and the People’s Army of Vietnam in this presently pristine North Vietnam plot of land. Despite the technical superiority of US forces, Vietnamese opposition proved a formidable opposition and this battle largely set the tone for subsequent war-waging strategies on both sides.

Rosa Parks Police Report

Rosa Parks Police Report

Just goes to show that one’s heroism abroad doesn’t necessarily translate at home. While James F. Blake, the bus driver who filed the complaint against Rosa Parks, served in World War II and fought for the lives and dignity of millions of individuals unjustly persecuted by those with power he couldn’t seem to do the same on his own soil.

Strangely enough, when Blake commented on the 1955 event some years later, he evoked a quasi-Nazi defense: “I wasn’t trying to do anything to that Parks woman except do my job. She was in violation of the city codes, so what was I supposed to do? That damn bus was full and she wouldn’t move back. I had my orders.”

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