It’s been about 1 2/3 years since we lost an american sports icon.
Like I said when Buck O’Neill passed, the MLB would figure out they need to respect the Negro Leagues in baseball’s bigoted past, and it was a shame Buck would never be part of it.
That day has come as the MLB will conduct an Honorary Draft to select 30 Negro League players to the bigs. One of them is 102 years young draftee Emilio “Millito” Navarro who will be drafted by his favorite team, the New York Yankees.
Mr. Navarro will be 103 in a few months, but is still spry enough to run smack and say that current Yanks 2Ber Robinson Cano better watch his job. “Now that I’ve been drafted,” Navarro said, “I’m ready right now to play second base. I might take his job.”
You go sir…………you go.
Hall of Fame outfielder and current San Diego Padres VP Dave Winfield has put this special event together because of his respect of those that paved the way before him.
“Dave Winfield is an angel sent from heaven,” (Bobo) Henderson said. “That man has really worked hard for us. We are like Major League baseball players now. This is God’s work. I hear it’s supposed to rain, but He’s going to make sure it’s going to be a sunny day down in Orlando.”
Way to get it right MLB. How about dropping some money on the efforts to preserve this invaluable piece of American sports history?
In honor of the great Buck O’Neill, go visit the Negro Leagues Museum site and cruise the museum that Buck poured his life into getting built.