Wednesday, October 26, 2005

Let's Leave The Civil Rights To People Like Rosa Parks

Joe Morgan was a great baseball player. As a fan of the Big Red Machine growing up, I was a Morgan fan. In a day when second basemen were primarily fielders and didn't hit forty home runs, he played great defense, hit for average, stole bases, and did the cutest little thing with his left elbow (like he was making the fart sound, except his right hand was not stuck inside his armpit) as he waited for the pitch. Now he talks stupid on TV.

In a pure statistical coincidence, it turns out that the Houston Astros do not have a single "African-American" player on their World Series roster. Joe Morgan is troubled.

The Astros are the first World Series team in more than a half-century with a roster that doesn't include a single black player.

"Of course I noticed it. How could you not?" Morgan said while the Astros took batting practice before the opener in Chicago.

Well, gee, Joe. I didn't notice. I guess I'm an insisetive white boy who doesn't care about the downtrodden. I guess I've been too busy looking trying to pronounce the spanish and Asian names of the 60% of the other teams to notice that no one with dark skin is named after a former US President.

The white Houston Astros celebrate their lack of diversity.

Now the natural question is whether this fact indicates racism in baseball. Let's look at the numbers, shall we.

Black players accounted for just about 9 percent of big league rosters this season.

Well, that is slightly less than the typically accepted 12% of the U.S. population that is black. I guess this shows that whitey is getting all the roster spots? Hardly.

The most recent survey by the NCAA taken during the 2003-04 season, showed that only 6 percent of Division I baseball players were black. Half of the men's basketball players were black, as were 44 percent of football players.

Houston has a half-dozen Hispanic players . . . .

No, whitey isn't getting his unfair share of baseball roster spots. Hispanics are. Maybe even Asians as a percetage of the population. Moreover, baseball's "problem" doesn't seem to be seeping into other sports.

It appears that among the "big three" sports in college, blacks make up only slightly less than their population in baseball. In football and basketball, however, they make up 4 times their population percentage of the players. Is this a problem? I mean, why aren't there more white and Asian-Americans playing college football and basketball?

Who cares.

Houston has 6 hispanic players. That is 24% of their World Series roster. They also have an Asian. They are "diverse."

"There's a perception among African-American kids that they're not welcome here, that baseball is not for inner-city kids," Morgan said. "It's not true, and I hate that the perception is out there."

Where does this perception come from? It isn't the game of baseball, or Major League baseball. Unlike tennis or figure skating, it isn't money. Poor hispanics are taking over the game.

It is probably ball park space. If black atheletes come from the cities, then baseball competes with more abundant black asphalt basketball courts. Football remains popular in all aspects of society.

I don't know why baseball doesn't draw the same interest it once did, but I suspect it is simple competition. Blacks are losing to hispanics in baseball and, to a lesser degree, Europeans in basketball. Football, still a uniquely American sport, remains filled with black and white players but few others. Maybe baseball lacks the flare today that it once did.

What I want to know are where are the African-American hockey players?


At 7:56 AM, Blogger spd rdr said...

I hadn't noticed.
Good for me.

At 10:18 AM, Blogger Cassandra said...

I hadn't noticed either - I was having too much fun wathcing baseball.

But now that you mention it, I think it's high time we enforced racial quotas all across the wonderful world of sports.

Let's enforce the notion the disproportionate representation of ANY racial or ethnic group is de facto evidence of racial discrimination.

I suggest we start with the NBA and the NFL, gentlemen.

Oh... "nevermind?" you say?

At 10:51 AM, Blogger KJ said...

Good for all of us.

Note also that the guy on the far right of the Houston Astros picture I have posted is evidently NOT an African-American. He must be a well tanned latino.

At 10:53 AM, Blogger jewinater said...

the white sox are atrue american team. they r diverse and come from the best city in the world! GO white SOx!

At 11:24 AM, Blogger Karen said...

Excellent post. I live in Houston. Funny, this has never been an issue. We are an incredibly diverse city. I guess if you are living it, you don't have to talk it.

At 11:27 AM, Blogger Cassandra said...

I demand that the White Sox change their elitist, racist, and exclusionary name.

Now that I think of it, the Red Sux should change their name too - they are clearly demeaning Native Americans.

Shame. Shame on you sheeple for not getting with the program. I have lost all respect for you as human beings.

At 11:27 AM, Blogger Cassandra said...

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At 11:31 AM, Blogger KJ said...

It is about time Cass.

What took you so long?

At 2:08 PM, Blogger spd rdr said...

The name "Red Sox" is NOT meant to be demeaning to persons indigenous to this place we invaders call "America." Rather, the name is an homage to all things Commie.

At 5:38 PM, Blogger tee bee said...

I won't be happy until they bring Chico Escuela out of retirement.

Chi Sox!!!!!

On a related note, I think quotas are an interesting idea. Sheryl Swoopes was complaining about the way people look at gays in sports, so I think there should be more gay guys in football and baseball. Maybe they can get something done about the less-attractive uniforms, if they do nothing for the sport.

End the Oppression!!! End the Hegemony!!!

At 9:59 PM, Blogger Cassandra said...

Well that's two of you I can't get a rise out of. What is the flower of American attorney-hood coming to?



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