Bijan C. Bayne, a frequent contributor to Andscape, is the author of Martha’s Vineyard Basketball: How A Resort League Defied Notions Of Race & Class.
A child during the Great Migration, the three-time NBA champion drew inspiration from the rare talents he grew up around to become one himself
Branch Rickey’s search ranged widely across Latin America and the Negro Leagues
The 1971 contest was the first to feature two Black starting pitchers, Vida Blue and Dock Ellis
The Lakers great was the stylistic role model in the NBA long before Showtime
Muhammad Ali returned to the ring, Hank Aaron’s pursuit of Babe Ruth got serious and Pistol Pete arrived in the NBA
The Cuban star thrived in the Negro Leagues and has been enshrined in five national halls of fame
The Nationals could win their first World Series, but would it be bittersweet?
Two huge stars from rival schools in Southern California were drafted by pro teams in the chilly Rust Belt