Picking Your Favorite Obscure Baseball Figure
Last year I started a project on my blog of asking fans to send in their picks for their favorite obscure baseball figure from the past. As the word “figure” indicates, the person didn’t have to be a player; it can be anyone employed within the game itself, by a team or by a league, including umpires, coaches, scouts, and front office personnel.
My idea was that time and a focus on sabermetrics and efforts to determine who should be in the Hall of Fame have left many uniquely interesting and/or appealing retired/deceased baseball people by the wayside. Last year’s responses included a generous article on Joe Cambria by Seamheads editor Ted Leavengood. With spring training just about upon us, I’m bringing up the topic again and asking Seamheads for help in bringing to light some old baseball people who are worth remembering.
If you have someone in mind, just put his name in the comments. I’m only asking for a name, but if you want to write a few sentences talking about your favorite obscure baseball figure (it can be a woman of course), that would be fine. My choice is Lena Blackburne, longtime baseball figure in every capacity from ballplayer to independent entrepreneur, and the man who got the White Sox’s first two hits at the original Comiskey Park.