It’s Saturday so that means it’s time for another edition of The Saturday Reader. We have more and more baseball pieces as we start Spring Training. This week I once again have five stories that I think you will enjoy. So sit back. Relax. And start your Saturday with some great reading.
Here is this week’s Saturday Reader…
The Negro Leagues started 100 years ago and Kansas City is fortunate to be the home of the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum. This week we celebrated the start of the Negro Leagues all those years ago at the former Paseo YMCA. Vahe Gregorian wrote a piece for The Kansas City Star about the resiliency and courage of those in the Negro Leagues.
The National was a short-lived daily sports publication that was the holy grail for sports fans in the early 1990s. Steve Buckley wrote a piece for The Athletic recently that explains the rise and fall of a legendary publication. If you are at all interested in sports journalism, or in sports at all, you will enjoy this.
Bob Knight was a legendary coach at Indiana University until he was fired in 2000. The firing wasn’t surprising or really without cause. Knight got into plenty of trouble doing things that individually could have gotten him fired. Eventually, he crossed a line that the school couldn’t ignore. Having said all of that, Bob Knight meant a lot to the school and the fans of the basketball program. Pat Forde wrote a piece for Sports Illustrated about Knight’s return to the school.
Brady Singer was a first-round pick for the Kansas City Royals just two years ago. He is part of a group of pitchers that the Royals are counting on in their next push for the playoffs. If this group fails the club is in big trouble. And Brady Singer is the highest draft pick of the group. Alec Lewis wrote a piece for The Athletic explaining Singer’s competitiveness and how he has worked on his changeup.
The Houston Astros cheating scandal has rocked the world of Major League Baseball and people are not happy. Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Cody Bellinger was one of the many players who spoke out this week and he didn’t hold back. Molly Knight wrote a piece for The Athletic about Bellinger’s refreshing honesty in his rant about the Astros.
Thanks for reading…