Last Chance to Contribute!

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Want your name in the Bull City Summer book, to be released February 2014 by Daylight Books? Today’s your last chance to contribute before the book goes to the printers! For the full list of rewards for your donation, go here.

We want to thank you for your support throughout the season. The book and our exhibit at the North Carolina Museum of Art are both taking shape, and we couldn’t be more thrilled with the results!

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Looking toward 2014: Join the BCS Team Now

Monday, October 21, 2013

With Hank Willis Thomas’s work to document the season’s final home stand now received, all Bull City Summer’s documentary work is completed and assembled. We believe we’re close to achieving something unique.

We can use your help now to make this project soar in 2014.

Donate by the end of this month and you can receive a copy of the Bull City Summer book with an acknowledgment for your donation printed in it. The book goes to the printer November 1.

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What if LeBron James Played Baseball?: The Decline of African-Americans in the Major Leagues, Part 2

Friday, October 4, 2013
boy with blue cap

Photo by Alex Harris.

This is part 2 of a series by Howard Craft about the decline of African-Americans in baseball. Part 1 is here.

I began my career as a Red Sox, finished as a Yankee, and retired at thirteen a champion. Mini Well Park, Little League champion — it was a big deal.  We didn’t celebrate with champagne, but my grandfather owned a corner store so we had two fruit punch Capri-Suns or one orange Gatorade apiece waiting for us after our win behind the dugout.

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Save Civic Stadium

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

(Coming soon, an update on BCS with details of what’s coming in 2014 and a chance for you to join our team and be acknowledged in our book. But for now, a brief West Coast detour).

In September I spent a week in Eugene, Oregon, my first visit there.  One day, while driving down Willamette St., I passed an old, wooden, apparently abandoned baseball stadium and I did an instant double take: Whoa, what is that?

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Friction & Discipline: An Epilogue, Part Six (the Last)

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Two weeks ago today, the Durham Bulls lost the Triple-A National Championship game to Omaha in Allentown. Immediately afterward, the perfectly healthy Brandon Guyer was informed that he was being transferred to the 60-day major-league disabled list with a “back injury”; and Tim Beckham and Jake Odorizzi were told that they’d be going up to the major leagues the next morning. The following night, Guyer’s replacement, Freddy Guzman, pinch ran in the eleventh inning and scored the game-tying run.

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Nine Innings in Durham

Tuesday, October 1, 2013
watchful boy

Photo by Frank Hunter.

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It is easy to feel small on a baseball field. The expansive outfield and steep walls, the distance between each position player lend themselves to entrapment and isolation. To step into the batter’s box is to invite a public, personal humiliation, to throw a pitch is to invite the same. Squaring up a hot grounder is setting yourself up for a vicious hop that will take out your front teeth, or even worse, a short hop that will skip between the dirt and your glove and expose cowardice.

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