Fans enter Yawkey Way before a game between the Boston Red Sox and the New York Yankees. Photograph: Jim Rogash/Getty Images

With the arrival of Pumspie Green in 1959, the Boston Red Sox became the last team in Major League Baseball to field an African-American player. Twe(...)

PJ Conlon during a Spring Training game between the Houston Astros and New York Mets in February. Photograph: Getty Images

They gave Joe Cleary the nickname “Fire” because he threw the baseball so fast in high school. Sometimes, to turn a buck for his struggling immigrant (...)

Bill Lee: On different days, he took to the field wearing a gas mask, a Daniel Boone coonskin cap, and a hat with a helicopter propeller whizzing around on top.

The candidate listed on the ballot as Bill ‘Spaceman’ Lee turned up for the first Vermont gubernatorial debate, wearing jeans and a rather garish Hawa(...)