They played in a ramshackle ballpark on the prairie during the most trying economic period of modern times. The stands were separated from the field by chicken wire, the locker room had no showers, fans parked their cars in the outfield. This was baseball in Bismarck, North Dakota, in the 1930s.
In “The Angels’ Share” Robbie, a Glasgow hooligan doing community service in lieu of jail time, wants to give his new son a better childhood than he had. But he’s finding it hard to overcome the pull of gang violence.
Hank Greenberg was the son of Romanian Jews who spoke Yiddish at home. As a Detroit Tiger, he was dropped into a state whose industry was controlled by one anti-Semite (Henry Ford) and whose airwaves were poisoned by another (Father Charles Coughlin).
Gil Hodges, who helped the Dodgers to seven National League pennants and managed the New York Mets to their first World Series title in 1969, gets another chance to reach the baseball Hall of Fame today.
Jack Curran, the Archbishop Molloy High School basketball and baseball coach for 55 years whose lineups included National Basketball Association players Kenny Smith and Kenny Anderson, has died. He was 82.