How Bill White, Curt Flood, and others integrated Cardinals spring training

Fourteen years after Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier with the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1947, Bill White, a four-time all-star and the defending National League Gold Glove Award winner at first base, arrived in St. Petersburg, Florida, for spring training with the St. Louis Cardinals. While some of the Cardinals’ star players, such as StanContinue reading “How Bill White, Curt Flood, and others integrated Cardinals spring training”

What I’m Reading: A Well-Paid Slave by Brad Snyder

A Well-Paid Slave: Curt Flood’s Fight for Free Agency in Professional Sports is a deeply researched look at Flood’s battle against the trade that sent him from the St. Louis Cardinals to the Philadelphia Phillies. Part biography, part exploration of the legal issues behind Flood’s lawsuit, Brad Snyder’s book is a remarkable work that leftContinue reading “What I’m Reading: A Well-Paid Slave by Brad Snyder”

September 18, 1968: Ray Washburn matches Gaylord Perry’s no-hitter

The excitement of Gaylord Perry’s no-hitter against the Cardinals hadn’t worn off yet when Ray Washburn stepped to the Candlestick Park mound on September 18, 1968. As improbably as it seemed that 30-year-old right-hander would match Perry’s accomplishment, trainer Bob Bauman had an inkling. “When I was working on Washburn just before the game, IContinue reading “September 18, 1968: Ray Washburn matches Gaylord Perry’s no-hitter”