Effectively Wild Episode 1558: You Have to Tip Your Cap

Ben Lindbergh and Meg Rowley banter about the backlash to MLB’s use of the sponsored term “summer camp,” four players’ decisions to opt out of the season, a heartfelt, thought-provoking post by Ian Desmond, and the official cancellation of the minor league season. Then they explain the Negro Leagues theme of this week of Effectively Wild episodes and (at 16:19) bring on Negro Leagues Baseball Museum president Bob Kendrick to talk about the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Negro Leagues, the Tipping Your Cap campaign, how the pandemic has impacted plans to celebrate the centennial, the Negro Leagues’ origin story, Bob’s favorite unsung players and museum guests and artifacts, how young players connect with the Negro Leagues’ legacy, how the story of the Negro Leagues resonates in a year of racial reckoning, and more. Lastly (1:04:25), the late Negro Leagues great Buck O’Neil delivers a classic speech at the 2006 Hall of Fame induction ceremony.

Audio intro: Dr. Dog, "100 Years"
Audio outro: The Rolling Stones, "100 Years Ago"

Link to Desmond’s post
Link to Baseball America on the MiLB cancellation
Link to Tipping Your Cap website
Link to NLBM website
Link to NLBM donation page
Link to AP story on MVP plaques
Link to John Donaldson interview episode
Link to Hall of Fame page for Martín Dihigo
Link to Buck O’Neil speech
Link to Joe Posnanski on Buck O’Neil

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