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The Old Timers
Before there was free agency. Before multi-year, multi-million dollar contracts, guys like Jim French and Dave Baldwin (that's his artwork on the left, called The Mocking Bird Sings To The Relief Pitcher) came to play. And when it was over, they succeeded outside of the game too. Listen to the How.
Meanwhile, guys like Monte Irvin played the Negro Leagues, fought in WWII, and then came back and were the first to break baseball's color barrier. One of the greatest interviews on this website, with one of The Greatest Generation. If you listen to anything, listen to this.