The Baseball Writers’ Association of America (BBWAA) announced Friday that they’re now ‘Woke” after removing the name of J.G. Taylor Spink from the organization’s highest honor for baseball writing.
Of course, no one has ever heard of J.G. Taylor Spink because he was writing between the 1910s thru the early part of the 1960s.
But amazingly, this writing award was created AFTER J. G. Taylor Spink had died.
Knowing baseball as I do, despite not being as ‘woke’ as some apparently are in 2020.
Even in 1962 BBWAA, baseball writers knew who all the racist POS were.
The fact that the BBWAA created the J. G. Taylor Spink award that recognizes meritorious contributions to baseball AFTER HE HAD DIED, and then posthumously voting him as the awards 1st recipient.
This tells me that Spink’s supposed racist words and feelings toward African-Americans were in line with the times.
And not the words of a racist baseball writer whose words are being skewed when viewed through the BBWAA’s 2021 ‘woke’ lens.
J.G. Taylor Spink Award Gets Cancelled…But Why Now?
J.G. Taylor Spink who died in 1962, was the publisher of The Sporting News from 1914 until his death in 1962.
The BBWAA cites publications from the 1940s where Spink’s advocated against the integration of baseball, which also happened to be what many Americans in the 1940s also believed.
Shockingly, NOT shockingly, the person leading the woke charge was longtime San Francisco Chronicle writer Bruce Jenkins, who was the first to raise the issue of stripping Spink’s name from the BBWAA’s highest honor.
Of course, Jenkin’s ‘wokeness’ fits right in with the city’s woke school board which are currently at work renaming schools such as ‘Abraham Lincoln High’ because according to San Fransico’s woke standards…
The Great Emancipator “did not demonstrate that black lives mattered to him”.
In a statement Friday, the BBWAA announced that 325 of 334 voters who responded voted to remove Spink’s name from the award, which is being renamed the BBWAA Career Excellence Award.
Marc Carig, national MLB writer wrote:
The Sporting News once reigned as “The Bible of Baseball,” so named for its comprehensive coverage of the sport. From 1914 to 1962, it was published by Spink, who ensured its pages reflected the views of organized baseball and its owners (he conveniently forgets America as well).
Those views included barring Black players from the major leagues, a position that Spink endorsed in his editorials.
Baseball scholars have noted that Spink’s writings helped to delay integration.
Ryan Fagan, the Senior MLB writer at Sporting News, and BBWAA/HoF voter wrote:
Spink was the publisher of the largest, most powerful baseball publication in the country for nearly half a century, and he used that position to strongly advocate against the integration of the sport.
In the decades before Jackie Robinson’s debut, Spink largely ignored the Negro Leagues and its players and used his publication to sustain negative — and untrue — stereotypes of not just Negro League ballplayers, but also Black Americans in general.
Now let’s remember at the time of Spink’s writings, America still had separate water fountains for “Colored” and Whites.
And Blacks could only stay in hotels that catered to “their kind” which is as repugnant as it sounds.
My Lord, The Civil Rights Act of 1964, which ended segregation in public places and banned employment discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, or national origin, didn’t pass until two years AFTER Spinks died.
But oh my God, the BBWAA specifically cites an article from Spinks that was published in 1942.
So in order to accuse Spinks of pushing negative stereotyping of Blacks, which at the time a majority of Americans also had been doing.
These ‘woke’ BBWAA members used a Spink’s article that was published 22-years before the Civil Rights Act passed?
As historian Daryl Russell Grigsby wrote in his book Celebrating Ourselves: African-Americans and the Promise of Baseball:
“Spink defended segregated baseball with his silence. If need to be, he did so in words. In August 1942 he wrote an editorial saying that baseball did not have a color line, but that segregation was in the best interests of both blacks and whites because the mixing of races would create riots in the stands. … Spink’s defense of segregation was largely not based on fact but on fear and prejudice.”
BBWAA White Racists Xenophobe Hypocrites
The Baseball Writers’ Association of America (BBWAA) who declared how woke they were, may not want anyone looking too closely at their own racist, xenophobic, white male patriarchy association.
I refused to waste hours doing my usual due diligence, because there were enough facts found in my initial investigation to show what a blatantly political pandering stunt the BBWAA was pushing.
Here are some of the highlights, or more accurately, BBWAA lowlights:
Over 60 years since the immortal Jackie Robinson broke Major League Baseball’s color barrier.
Over 50 years after Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. awoke America’s social conscience, and the Women’s rights movement sought equal rights and opportunities.
The Baseball Writers’ Association of America (BBWAA) voted
- Lawrence W. Whiteside the first Black baseball writer to win the J.G. Taylor Spink Award…IN 2008
- Claire Smith, the first woman (and woman of color) to win the J.G. Taylor Spink Award… IN 2017.
Lawrence Whiteside – Nicknamed “Sides,” Whiteside began his 30-year career as a baseball beat writer for The Kansas City Kansan (1959-63). He later went to the Milwaukee Journal (1963-73), covering the Braves in the 1960s and the Brewers in the 1970s. And in 1973 Whiteside joined the staff of The Boston Globe.
Interesting Fact: In 1980, Lawrence Whiteside became the first African-American Baseball Hall of Fame voter.
Claire Smith – was a pioneer within the baseball community as the first female to cover a major league baseball beat extensively. As well as being an influential voice among African-American writers.
Interesting Fact: Despite her vast achievements, in a vote that took place just a little over three years ago. The BBWAA overwhelmingly white majority members only voted for Smith on just 272 of the 449 total ballots.
It still took over 50-years before the white male majority of the BBWAA recognized not only their accomplishments.
But also their determination to overcome the racist, xenophobic views prevalent in America, and evidently the BBWAA during those times.