John S
Sports Takes for the Left
Created 02 Dec 2020
  • How The Other Teams Integrated, Part Five: 1954
    23 Sep 2021 • 13 min read
    This statue is gone now… Ernie Banks was a turning point in the integration story. By the time he got called up in 1953, half the teams in the majors had integrated—more than half, if you count Carlos...
  • Bad Rules Get Broken
    21 Sep 2021 • 3 min read
    There’s this annoying thing that baseball fans have had to get used to over the last few years. Usually it comes up on stolen base attempts, but it can be any tag play at second or third base. What ha...
  • How The Other Teams Integrated, Part Four: September 1953
    17 Sep 2021 • 6 min read
    Earlier this week, in Part Three, we saw the story of Carlos Bernier, the forgotten outfielder who integrated the Pirates. Bernier’s story is a sad one for many reasons, but maybe the saddest is the f...
  • Solidarity Is Good For You
    15 Sep 2021 • 2 min read
    u mad, bro? Last week, the New York Times ran a headline that asked “Why Does Playing Tennis Make So Many Pros Miserable?” The occasion was Naomi Osaka’s announcement, on the heels after her early eli...
  • How The Other Teams Integrated, Part Three: 1951-April 1953
    14 Sep 2021 • 7 min read
    When you look back at the process of desegregation, one thing that stands out is how much of it was done by just a few teams. Of the first 20 Black players in the Major Leagues, 14 of them made their ...
  • Let’s Talk About Gary Sanchez
    13 Sep 2021 • 4 min read • 1 2
    He was safe, somehow By the end of this, I will explain why I love Gary Sanchez, I swear. But in Friday’s Subway Series game, he made one of the worst plays you will ever see a catcher make. With runn...
  • Episode 21: The Socialist NFL Preview
    09 Sep 2021 • < 1 min read
    It’s time for Part II of the Lefty Specialists football preview! Today James and John are talking about the NFL, and they’ve got a leftist pick for every division. Should socialists root for Tom Brady...
  • How The Other Teams Integrated, Part Two: 1948-1950
    07 Sep 2021 • 8 min read • 0 2
    Last week we started our journey through the long, slow process that spread integration from the Brooklyn Dodgers throughout the league with that first year, 1947. Undrafted How The Other Teams Integr...
  • Episode 20: College Football Preview
    03 Sep 2021 • < 1 min read
    The Lefty Specialists are back with the first half our football preview. Today James and John are going over the college football season, talking about how conference realignment mirrors colonialism, ...
  • August Round Up!
    31 Aug 2021 • 2 min read
    As a Yankee fan, I’m really enjoying this Mets debacle. But there is a labor issue in “thumbs down”-gate. It’s obviously very silly for players like Francisco Lindor and Javy Báez to get so upset at t...
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