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“Black Saturday”: Philadelphia’s Deadliest Sports Disaster

By Bob Warrington “From the lips of a frightened little girl came a cry of terror yesterday afternoon that lured hundreds of panic-stricken men to death and injury at the Philadelphia Base Ball Grounds.” So begins the front-page story in the Philadelphia Inquirer describing the collapse of part of the top left field bleachers’ balcony […]

Gene Bearden — The Unsinkable Man in Brown

by Ronnie Joyner With long, afternoon shadows creeping across the Sportsman’s Park infield, number 30 walked off the mound for the last time as a St. Louis Browns starting pitcher. It’s quite possible that he had a sense of what the future held for his big league career as he flipped his glove onto the […]