Weekly Meanderings, 20 July 2019

Jesus Creed | 7/20/2019 | Staff
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Celebrities rule: The Open at Royal Portrush in N. Ireland has news about Tiger and Rory, neither of whom did well, and not enough about the players who did — Holmes and Lowry.

An excellent family-shaped story about Curt Flood, and story not well known.

Baseball - Hall - Fame - Induction - Ceremony

The 2019 Baseball Hall of Fame induction ceremony will take place Sunday in Cooperstown, New York. Once again, Curt Flood, author of the most heroic individual acts of resistance in modern Major League Baseball history, will be excluded.

This year’s inductees — Harold Baines, Roy Halladay, Edgar Martinez, Mike Mussina, Mariano Rivera and Lee Smith — are incredibly worthy. But none of them has Flood’s revolutionary résumé, although each benefited from Flood’s act of defiance. None sacrificed as much so future generations of major leaguers could reap the rewards.

Lament - Flood - Rejection - Baseball

This is not a lament about Flood’s continued rejection by baseball, however.

This is about Flood’s children.

Flood - Children - Father - Fight

What must it have been like to be Flood’s children growing up during their father’s fight?

“Some people don’t even know he had children,” Debbie Flood said.

Curt - Beverly - Flood - Children - Debbie

Curt and Beverly Flood had five children: Debbie, Gary, Shelly, Curt Jr. and Scott. Gary died at age 49 after years of struggling with mental health issues.

Their father was the thorn on a rose that still sticks in the side of Major League Baseball.

Jackie - Robinson - Nation - Racism - Curt

While Jackie Robinson attacked the nation’s cancerous racism, Curt Flood shot an arrow directly into the heart of the game when he challenged the ironclad control that teams had over players in 1969.

While most players were too cowardly to support Flood, Robinson showed up in court and openly embraced him.

Baseball - Thanks - Robinson - Game - Flood

Baseball, thanks to Robinson, has become a global game. Flood, to this day, is seen by some as antithetical to the big business interests of baseball — of all sports. He was a star player who pushed back...
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