As a Red Sox fan, I have nothing but venom towards Tom and Jean Yawkey, the two who controlled the team from 1933 until 1992 and then kept it in the family until 2002.
They controlled it for a period of time when the Red Sox won a grand total of zero World Series and decided not to be pioneers of integration and instead kept the stench of racism (and an inferior product) hovering over the Sox until both were long dead.
But I already slammed the Yawkeys when I openly questioned the sanity of Red Sox fans for HONORING him!
And I did so again when saluted Pumpsie Green.
But a throwaway comment I made in my Home Grown vs. Acquired post for the Dodgers has given me a great moment of pride.
After praising former Dodger Dixie Walker who came to terms with his racism and was turned around by the greatness of Jackie Robinson, I talked about Reggie Smith.
"Well we go from Dixie Walker's eyes being opened to the wrongs of racism to Reggie Smith... a product of the Red Sox farm system.
The Red Sox had a switch hitting, power hitting All Star Gold Glove winning outfielder with speed... and they traded him.
Hmmmm. Why would the Yawkeys trade a player like that?
Smith became a staple in the Dodgers line up finishing in the top 5 of the MVP two times and hit three homers in a losing cause in the 1977 World Series.
If only Tom or Jean Yawkey had a Dixie Walker moment. (Then again Yawkey was the one who turned down Willie Mays.)"
Not my greatest passage... but I can never resist slamming the Yawkeys for what they did to my team all of those years.
Well friends, I checked on my Blog Tracker and evidently I've been linked to the Tom Yawkey wikipedia page!
Someone, and I swear to the ghost of Josh Gibson it wasn't me, included the following sentence in the "Charges of Racism" section of the entry.
"Even after integrating, racism was believed to play a role in moves made by the Red Sox, notably the trade of star outfielder Reggie Smith in 1973."
That sentence is footnoted and linked to the Sully Baseball - Home Grown vs. Acquired Dodgers entry.
I couldn't be more proud.
Not only will I continue to hate the Yawkey family, but I have become a reference!
Hopefully some kid will be writing a term paper on the Yawkeys and use my site as a source. It would be an honor.
(In my days we couldn't cut and paste! We had to plagiarize from the World Book!)
I don't like to touch on the Red Sox-racism stuff because it leads to a lot of myths. Such as : "The Sox didn't appear in any WS between 1946 and 1967 for failure to integrate"...well it sure didn't stop the Yankees.ReplyDelete
As for Reggie Smith, he was traded to the Cardinals (with Ken Tatum-ugh) for Bernie Carbo and Rick Wise. That's a pretty good godamn deal. I don't care if I'm trading a green guy for purple guys. I'd make that deal in a heartbeat.
Please do not tell me that you think that the Yawkey era was not one of racism. You need to do your homework before defending the likes of Yawkey, Collins, Higgins and Cronin. Google Isadore Muchnick then come back and tell us that the Yawkey regime was not racist.Delete