Hero’s blaze new trails. The motivating factors behind the efforts are largely irrelevant, but the new trail, once blazed, is forever a trail. Jackie Robinson traveled the trail (gauntlet?) blazed by Branch Rickey.
Rickey’s career was not successful early on, however. See Keith Olberman’s story …
Originally posted on Baseball Nerd:
All this time this weekend debating when the “Highlanders” nickname was phased out, and the “Yankees” nickname phased in, and I missed a jewel sparkling up from one of my primary pieces of evidence.
Take a good look at the stern faces in this photo, particularly in the back row, sitting on the fence at old Hilltop Park:The Yankees – and if the editors of the New York American of 1907 decided to try to sell newspapers by giving away these postcards, and a special supplement of this photo, by calling them the Yankees, so will I – had traded veteran Joe Yeager to St. Louis a month before spring training for a promising but ultimately disastrous utilityman.
He was listed as a catcher, but on June 28th with him behind the plate, the Washington Senators stole 13 bases against the Yankees. Thirteen. “My arm was numb and I was helpless to do anything.