diamond whitewash

Milwaukee has its racial and ethnic tensions, to be sure…but it’s also, as this article points out, one of the few cities whose major-league baseball teams sports more than a couple African-American players (not to mention not one but two players sometimes nicknamed “The Hebrew Hammer”: Gabe Kapler and Ryan Braun). The article addresses some of the factors behind the declining numbers of African-Americans choosing to play baseball, but I’d argue the expense and space are among the keys. Schools that can barely afford to provide books for their students are unlikely to be able to keep up a baseball field, much less the equipment required for the game.


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