In the first entry in a proposed oral history, the ex-MLB commissioner interviews 10 players from the 1930s and ’40s, from Dom DiMaggio (Joe’s little bro) to Larry Doby, the first black American Leaguer.
Both Pirates slugger Ralph Kiner and Negro League star Monte Irvin name-check Ewell ”The Whip” Blackwell. ”Toughest pitcher I ever hit against,” says Kiner. ”No argument.”
A much-needed history lesson for younger fans.