Minor League history: Mandak League

The Mandak League (Man-Dak League) or Manitoba Dakota League was a refuge for former Negro League players that got too old to be picked up by MLB clubs. The league's teams were located in the Canadian province of Manitoba and the US state of North Dakota. The Mandak League was founded in 1950 as a …

Baseball related songs: “Satchel Paige said” by The Baseball Project

In today's edition of Baseball related songs we pay attention to one of the many baseball songs of the Baseball Project: "Satchel Paige said." The song comes from the band's debut album Volume 1: Frozen Ropes and Dying Quails. The Baseball Project is what they call a supergroup. The group was founded by two members …

Astrodome will be around for ever

Yesterday, the Texas Historical Commmission voted in favor of the Houston Astrodome to designate the stadium as a State Antiquities Landmark, joining the ranks of the Alamo, the State Capitol, the Cotton Bowl and other notable sites. Like we all know, the Astrodome was the home of the Houston Astros from its opening in 1965 …

The phenomenon “barnstorming tours”

The picture shown above made me realize that many Europeans are not aware of the phenomenon barnstorming tour. The two players shown are Satchel Paige (left) and Dizzy Dean. Before Jackie Robinson broke the colour barrier in 1947, black and white players never could face each during regular season games. In first half of the …