March 28th, 2011
His father was Italian-American, his mother African-American. And even if he was the best catcher in baseball that was enough to keep Roy Campanella out of the major leagues.
But in 1956, things were changing fast. A savvy general manager of the Brooklyn Dodgers named Branch Rickey had the audacity to challenge the gentlemen's agreement among big league powerbrokers that had kept black talent relegated to the Negro Leagues.
Within three years, Rickey would make Campanella part of a seminal group of African-American pioneers in major league baseball, changing the game forever.
At what point in Tiger Woodsâ€™s golf career will the media stop trailing the guy around like heâ€™s still the No. 1 player in golf?
Even though Woods has been a non-factor in most tournaments since Thanksgiving of 2009, the long-time No. 1 player in the world still gets an inordinate amount of face time on television as he struggles to regain his old form. I guess the guy is news, no matter what he shoots each day. Or maybe we all just like to watch the golfing version of a train wreck unfold each time he plays.
BLACKSTONE - If there was ever a life-changing moment during Robert Fournier Jr.'s two-year mission in West Africa as a Peace Corps volunteer, it was his new-found understanding of what he says are the most important things in life: family and friends.
PAWTUCKET â€“ Henry Stad is eager to spread the news about â€śHonor Flight New Englandâ€ť to his fellow World War II veterans.
â€śThey treated us like royalty when we went to Washington, D.C. last October 24th,â€ť Stad was saying recently. â€śWorld War II veterans are becoming a smaller group every day. I want all of the guys who are still alive to know about Honor Flight New England, which takes groups of World War II veterans to Washington, D.C. several times a year, for free.
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SMITHFIELD --- The Woonsocket North Stars Mite B Blue Team defeated a very strong Northern Rhode Island Vikings squad 3-0 this past Tuesday evening at the Smithfield Ice Rink to complete an impressive season and capture the Gold bracket Mite B State Championship.
The WNS Mite B Blue entered the round robin format playing their best hockey of the season fresh off impressive tournament wins as well as some fierce state league competition.
NORTH SMITHFIELD - U.S. Census figures released Wednesday show that North Smithfield gained 1,349 people, or 12.7 percent, in the last decade, making it the town with the second highest percentage of population growth in the state.
Overall, the state's population grew slightly by 0.4 percent to 1,052,567. There were population declines in 16 municipalities.
WOONSOCKET â€“ For six weeks, the metal statue was hidden in the janitor's broom closet.
â€śIt was a big secret,â€ť say Robert Pilkington, principal of the Beacon Charter High School for the Arts. â€śVery few people knew about it.â€ť
But the secret's out now, and soon Hachiko â€“ or at least a life-size bronze likeness of the famous dog â€“ will be appearing at a train station near you, the mirror image of the original on the other side of the globe.
The hockey season concluded less than a week ago and to no one's surprise it was Mount St. Charles that was celebrating on the ice with another state championship. Except for a four-year dry spell from 2003-07, that's the way it has been since the 1977-78 season for the Mounties, who have racked up 42 state titles in their storied history.
In boys' swimming, Bishop Hendricken has won every team title since 1989-90, a total of 22 straight crowns.
PROVIDENCE â€“ When Kyan Anderson and Markus Crider signed on with Providence College, each player was under the premise that Keno Davis would be coaching them.