Baseball Isn’t as Simple as Black and White

1392 WordsJun 24, 20186 Pages
Baseball isn’t as simple as Black and White Baseball, “America’s pastime”, the most simple sport of the big 4, a sport where failing 7 times out of 10 will still land you among the greats of all time. Baseball has been played by all ages since the Mid-18th Century. It is a sport where 9 men have at least 27 chances to score more runs than the other 9 men. So simple, but yet so captivating. This simplicity, one would assume, would lead to an almost utopian atmosphere. But, for Troy Maxon, an ex-baseball player, the game of Baseball is anything but a utopia. You see, before Jackie Robinson debuted for the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1947, there were no African-American baseball players. So, African-Americans were relegated to the Negro Leagues to…show more content…
Troy’s use of this comparison in order to demonstrate the injustice that baseball imparts on the African-American ballplayers is incorrect and factually baseless. In regards to the symbol of the shoes that Troy talks about, it is true that the players in the MLB were being paid more money than were those players in the Negro Leagues. In 1940, George Selkirk made ~$12,000, much more than did Josh Gibson. Because of this, Selkirk’s daughter was able to walk around with good quality shoes on her feet, whereas Josh Gibson’s daughter didn’t have that luxury because her father wasn’t making as much money. However, instead of looking at the facts objectively, Troy becomes very entangled in his own ego and warped view of social justice. When Cory mentions that Hank Aaron’s recent success, including his 43 home run total in one season, Troy becomes very egotistical saying, “Hank Aaron ain’t nobody. That’s what you supposed to do. That’s what you supposed to do. That’s how you supposed to play the game. Ain’t nothin to it. It’s just a matter of timing… getting the right follow-through. Hell, I can hit forty-three home runs right now!”(Wilson 34). Troy, in his current state, could not by any means muster up 43 home runs off of major league pitching like Hank Aaron could, but because of his immense bias and egotistical nature, Troy believes he
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