*ESPN’s David Schoenfield takes a look at the American League Central and concludes that the division has a chance to be one of the worst in MLB history in a long time. Cleveland leads at 24-24, while the Twins are just 1.5 games back. It gets a lot worse from there. How bad is it? AL Central teams are just 54-98 when playing against teams outside the division. The Twins are a prime example, having gone 6-2 against division foes (they’ve only played the White Sox and Tigers so far) and 15-22 against everyone else. It’s still early, of course. Both Cleveland and the Twins had greater expectations this season and could rebound from slow starts. If they don’t, though, this could indeed be one of the worst divisions in history. *The Twins face the Mariners’ James Paxton in the first game of their series in Seattle on Friday night, which is as good an excuse as any to remind you that the last time Paxton pitched against the Twins it was home opening day at … [Read more...] about Is Twins’ division among the worst in MLB history?
Gregory Korte USA TODAY Published 11:07 p.m. UTC May 25, 2018 WASHINGTON — Jack Johnson, the former heavyweight champion of the world and the first African-American boxer to hold that title, was serving a 10-month stint at Leavenworth prison in 1921 when he sent President Woodrow Wilson a letter. On Thursday, President Trump finally answered that letter, granting Johnson a full and unconditional pardon for his 1913 conviction of a crime that amounted to traveling with a white woman. Along the way, Johnson's 97-year road to a presidential pardon was paved by biographers, boxing champions, senators, journalists, historians, musicians — and ultimately the actor Sylvester Stallone, whose conversation with Trump about the Johnson case led to just the third posthumous pardon knowingly granted by a president. Johnson was finally vindicated, but vindication wasn't what he wanted. He wanted his freedom. More: Trump grants posthumous pardon to former heavyweight … [Read more...] about ‘It’s about time:’ The 97-year history of Jack Johnson’s quest for a pardon
WASHINGTON — Snitches, moles, spies, whistleblowers. Government informants are an age-old investigative tool that’s as much a part of the FBI’s 110 years of history as J. Edgar Hoover or its Ten Most Wanted Fugitives list. In the case of President Donald Trump, the FBI called on a longtime informant — identified by several news outlets as an American professor living in Britain — to ascertain whether Trump’s campaign aides accepted help from the Russian government to sink Hillary Clinton’s presidential ambitions. That jury is still out, with a special counsel appointed to investigate. In the meantime, Trump and closely aligned Republicans in Congress have flipped the tables on the politically damaging Russia probe by calling for a new investigation — this time into whether the FBI spied on his presidential campaign in its own bid to sway the 2016 election. “Follow the money!” Trump declared in a tweet late Monday, using an … [Read more...] about Claims on FBI spy play right into agency’s complicated 110-year history
Today is Friday, May 25, the 145th day of 2018. There are 220 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History:On May 25, 1968, the Gateway Arch in St. Louis was dedicated by Vice President Hubert Humphrey and Interior Secretary Stewart Udall. On this date:In 1521, Martin Luther was branded a heretic and had his writings banned by the Edict of Worms (vohrms) because of his religious beliefs. In 1787, the Constitutional Convention began at the Pennsylvania State House (Independence Hall) in Philadelphia after enough delegates had shown up for a quorum. Advertisement In 1793, Father Stephen Theodore Badin became the first Roman Catholic priest to be ordained in the United States during a ceremony in Baltimore. In 1810, Argentina began its revolt against Spanish rule with the forming of the Primera Junta in Buenos Aires. In 1916, the Chicago Tribune published an interview with Henry Ford in which the automobile industrialist was quoted as saying, “History is … [Read more...] about Today in history: May 25
He once said, “I issue a warning to all those pushers, to all rip-off artists, to all muggers; it’s time to leave Detroit; hit Eight Mile. And I don’t give a damn if they are black or white, or if they wear Superfly suits or blue uniforms with silver badges. Hit the road.” Those were the words of former Mayor of Detroit Coleman Alexander Young during his inaugural address January 2, 1974. For the next 20 years, Detroiters and anyone else who was around to listen to him, heard phrases very similar to that uttered from his mouth. He was outspoken, brazen, and unapologetically black. If he had a stance or opinion on it – from racism, race relations, politics, and the media – he spoke his mind. Young was a polarizing figure as Mayor of Detroit. He had his enemies and those that felt he was the reason for Detroit’s downfall in the 70s, 80, and early 90s, but he reigned as Mayor of Detroit from 1974-1994 because he loved his people. And they loved … [Read more...] about Coleman A. Young: A history of the People’s Mayor