The Celtics are squaring off with the 76ers in the NBA playoffs and the Red Sox are beginning interleague play against the Phillies. Between Boston and Philadelphia, there’s much ado in sports, politics, and history. Trust us when we say we’re over Benjamin Franklin’s departure. But what is interesting is the storied series between the teams in each city, whether that is the old Celtics-76ers rivalry, Sox-Phillies, Bruins-Flyers, or even Patriots-Eagles. It’s all worth a deeper look. Here are the bullet points on Boston vs. Philly. I promise no cheesesteak or clam chowder references. (via The Boston vs. Philadelphia sports rivalry - Boston.com)
How interested are you in the best baseball player “you have never heard of”? That’s one of the tie-ins for the Museum of African American History in Boston’s new exhibit, “The Color of Baseball in Boston.”
Riding the fanfare of Fenway Park’s 100th anniversary, the museum has put together a collection of rare photographs and articles of clothing of black baseball players in Massachusetts from the 19th and early 20th century. One of the main draws will be the more than 20 articles of clothing, including a full uniform, of William “Cannonball” Jackman, a negro league player for the Boston Royal Giants who was regarded as the best black pitcher from Boston from 1920 through the 1940s. He played for 30 years, before integration, and was otherwise known as the “best ball player you have never heard of.”
Serious question: How much New England flavor do you see in the New York Giants? Answer: Quite a bit. A number of the Giants’ coaching staff and players have ties to the New England area, particularly to Boston College. Take a gander and see who hails from our neck of the woods and who played their college ball here. (via The Giant New England connections - Boston.com)
Thanksgiving, in all of its Massachusetts glory, tradition, and sleepless nights around here, has passed. That leaves us with nothing but playoffs and Super Bowls to ponder.
There are 16 games on Tuesday to account for and we cover a number of them in the latest edition of The Huddle, including the Division 1 matchup between Chelmsford and BC High, Concord-Carlisle vs. Holliston, King Philip against Duxbury, Everett vs. Lynn English and more.
On Friday, we’ll come back with another special episode of The Huddle to preview Saturday’s Super Bowls.
- The first time around, it was a gamble - one woman’s labor of love to make visible the Boston area’s scattered African communities and to present African music to the widest possible audience, not in pricey concert venues or out-of-the-way immigrant social halls, but free, in City Hall Plaza, on a sun-splashed summer afternoon.
The video I did last night ——— (Boston Globe) Manchester United beat the New England Revolution 4-1 Wednesday in an international friendly. It was a special moment for fans to see the talented soccer club in town. But it was also special for Revolution players who consider themselves fans of the Red Devils too. (Video by Zuri Berry, Boston.com Staff)