ESPN IS RELOADING (Baseball Style)

Updated: August 23, 2013

by Gary Norris Gray- BASN Staff Reporter 

In 1981 (ESPN) The Entertainment and Sports Programming Network was a wonderful idea with a multitude of various sports venues. In 2013 forty two years later The Sports Leader has fallen to the crassness of the today’s media circus. The managers, producers, directors, and broadcasters should rise above the fray and report the sports news the way it’s supposed to be. ON THE GAME!!!

The Mouse is getting ready to make its move on the sports world, getting ready to make the 3rd wave of attacks on African American Males who play the games they love. Beware sports fans and check this article six months from now, the words will be sobering.

Don’t have to work in baseball for this one because there are only 87 African American professional baseball players in the American and National Leagues. The NHL is slowly catching them in the number of Black player and that is shameful because hockey is a winter sport.

On the Anniversary of Jackie Robinson entering the major leagues number 42 would not be happy if he witnessed a game in New York City or Los Angeles, California today. ESPN and MLB think they have done enough for Black baseball players when every player wears the number 42 for a day. It is not enough.

This Network chose to pick on the Upton Brothers of the Atlanta Braves instead of praising them for playing together. What a wonderful marking tool for the youth of African Americans. The Mouse showed their true colors saying that B.J. Upton did not play well the first half of the season and that the Braves are suffering for it.

REALLY?, Question what place are the Atlanta Braves in the Eastern Division? It is true B.J. has had some physical problems this year but to pounce on him seems so unfair but then what color is he?

Remember the Boyer Brothers of the 1960’s Major League Baseball and the Sports media fell in love with these brothers. Clete and Ken Boyer took the baseball stage when the New York Yankees played the St. Louis Cardinals in the World Series.

ESPN should be praising this brother tandem, the Upton Brothers for even attempting this fete as a historical moment. Instead they choose to trash them.

There are a few African Americans helping their teams contending for their divisional titles. Second basemen Robinson Cano of the struggling New York Yankees, The Rise of the Pittsburgh Pirates with star outfielder Andrew McCutchen or Adam Jones outfielder for the new Baltimore Orioles or what about Coco Crisp roaming center field for the swinging Oakland Athletics? Two teams still do not have one African American player on their squad.

These could be the new baseball superstars but you won’t hear this from the Lords of Baseball or Bristol, Connecticut they are too busy pushing future starts like, New York Mets third basemen David Wright, Los Angeles Angels outfielders Josh Hamilton, and Mike Trout, and Washington Senators Pitcher Stephen Strasburgh and outfielder Bryce Harper, less we forget Matt Holliday outfielder of the Saint Louis Cardinals.

These kinds of actions by ESPN and MLB will not attract young African Americans to the sport of baseball; it will only drive them away.

History notes other brothers that have played together in baseball at the beginning were the Ewing brothers, Buck and Ewing of the New York Giants at the turn of the century. The Alou Brothers Felipe, Jesus, and Matty in San Francisco, the Dean Brothers, Dizzy and Daffy of the St. Louis Cardinals, Jim and Gaylord Perry of the Cleveland Indians, The Martinez Brothers, Pedro and Ramon of the Boston Red Sox, The Aaron Brothers Hank and Tommy with the Milwaukee Braves, Sandy and Roberto Alomar of the Cleveland Indians, Cal and Billy Ripken of the Baltimore Orioles, Paul and Lloyd Waner of the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Sports fans are gaining positive alternative networks with each passing day. The (CBC) Canadian Broadcasting Company, (TSN) The Sports Network-Canada, Fox Sports Net, Fox Sports One, Comcast Sports Network, NBC Sports Network, and CBS Sports Network. Less we forget the local area sports casting networks like (MSG) Madison Square Garden and WWOR in New York with the Superstations TNT, and (TBS) Turner Broadcasting System, in Atlanta and WGN in Chicago and last the internet sports network.


Gary Norris Gray – Writer, Author, Historian. Gibbs Magazine-Oakland, California and New England Informer- Boston Mass. THE GRAYLINE:- The Analects of A Black Disabled Man, The Gray Leopard Cove on Disabled Community Activist. Email at

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  1. pietro bolla

    August 24, 2013 at 9:51 pm

    gotta build an icon first before you can tear it down. that’s Big Media’s game. It’s atrocious to have to watch the same circus (with different clowns of course ) again and again with their tired old formula of hero worship that turns to scandal. The scandal normally culminates with a made for T.V., dis-informational, morality play that re-inforces the historic, American, racial stereotypes that have damaged our national psyche since the beginning of our nation. I refuse to make the intellectual sacrifice that’s necessary to watch ESPN, or most other networks for that matter. I love our country and it’s sports way too much to lower myself to such an asinine level of consciousness.

    • Gary Norris Gray BASN Staff Reporter

      August 25, 2013 at 11:12 pm

      thank u my brother for reading the article but we all have to be watchdogs for networks like ESPN

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