[Marxism] Celebrating Barry Bonds - A Real World Record

Walter Lippmann walterlx at earthlink.net
Thu Aug 9 12:12:31 MDT 2007

(Thanks to Butch Wing of Operation Rainbow/Push for this document.)

Celebrating Barry Bonds - A Real World Record
Rev. Jesse Jackson
August 8, 2007

Responding to Rick Morrisey's column, my point it simply this: Barry
Bonds will soon break the MLB home run record, hitting against the
best pitchers in the world - the best that Asia, Latin America, the
United States and Canada can bring.

Barry Bonds will have earned the title of home run king in the most
advanced, "globalized" playing field major league baseball has ever
seen. Today's game is truly an "international" sport, up against the
modern day system of starters, middle relievers, set up men and
closers. His will be a genuine world record.

I applaud Rick for his analysis of the Winter Olympics, but am
curious why he is resistant to acknowledging that the pre-1947
baseball stars competed on an entirely different playing field than
today's players.

I argue that in pre-1947 baseball, there were in fact two "major"
leagues: MLB for Whites only, and the Negro League for Blacks. 
There were also well-organized, world-class quality Latin American, 
Cuban and Japanese leagues.

This does not deny the greatness of Babe Ruth, Ted Williams and the
other stars of the pre - 1947 era. But what is also undeniable is
that these great stars of the pre-Robinson era were denied the
opportunity to even compete against the best players in the United
States - to match and test themselves against the highest level of

The records established prior to 1947 took place in the segregated
era. There need not be an "asterisk" but merely recognition that
these records were created in the context of an all-White league; 
The pre-1947 "records" were enhanced by exclusion.

I seek not, as Rick misinterprets, to "minimize.the accomplishments
of people on both sides of the color line." I'm really saying that we
really did not know how good baseball could be until everybody could

That Blacks are not, "dominating" MLB is hardly the point. Before
Jackie Robinson broke through, other Cuban and Latin America, Asian,
and African Americans were officially shut out and kept from taking
the field. We will never know how Babe Ruth would have fared against
Satchel Paige of the Negro Leagues, or how Josh Gibson would have hit
against Cy Young - - - because of official, sanctioned segregation
that excluded African Americans from playing in the "Major Leagues."

And when Jackie Robinson opened the doors of "Major League Baseball",
Black and Latino players came through big time; they did not need a
mentoring process or minor league training to "make it" to The Show.
Jackie Robinson, Don Newcombe, Willie Mays and Hank Aaron, Cepeda 
and Clemente --- all of them came in and took MLB to a qualitatively
higher level.

Now, the playing field is even, the rules are public and the goals
are clear. Barry Bonds has been tested in this era, against the very
best the world can offer. He has been the most scrutinized athlete in
history, tested in the most transparent environment. Subjected to
grand jury investigations. And yet, Barry has passed all of the
tests. In our system of American justice, evidence matters. And
amidst all of this, Barry continues to excel.

Barry Bonds should not be denied what he has earned; it is his
accomplishment that should not be minimized. His record-breaking home
run should and will be celebrated. I, for one, will be cheering 
and rooting for Barry, hopefully in the box seats. And so should
Commissioner Bud Selig. That's in the best interests of baseball.

From: Butch Wing <butch.wing at gmail.com>
Sent: Aug 9, 2007 1:26 PM
To: walter lippmann <walterlx at earthlink.net>
Subject: barry bonds

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