Better Late Than Never

The reaction to Major League Baseball’s official recognition of the old Negro Leagues (from 1920 through 1948) has been mostly positive and seen as long overdue, for all of the reasons you would imagine. The 3,000 or so men who played Negro League baseball during that era (three women did play Negro League ball afterContinue reading “Better Late Than Never”

Bruce Probably Knew All Along

We were either high up on the scaffold, or moving it around the hardwood floor like it was a medieval battle engine, hanging stage lights from the ceiling of a 1930s-era gymnasium that looked as if it could have been the setting for the movie Hoosiers. This was how we used to set up John Bell’sContinue reading “Bruce Probably Knew All Along”

Bruce and Virgil ‘Fire’ Trucks

A few days after Virgil Trucks, the old pitcher, died in Alabama, Ron Currens shared the sad news with Col. Bruce Hampton, who already knew, of course. We were at the Lilburn IHOP to interview the Colonel, Ron for a piece about Bruce’s new documentary (for the magazine Ron co-founded, Hittin’ the Note) and meContinue reading “Bruce and Virgil ‘Fire’ Trucks”