Jerry Summers: The Atlanta Crackers

The Atlanta Crackers had been a minor league baseball crew in the Southern Association (1901-1971 Double A) and International Association (1962-1965 Triple A). They experienced a fierce rivalry with the Joe Engel-owned Chattanooga Lookouts in the Southern Affiliation and attained the nickname the “Yankees of the Minors.”

Famous previous Cracker players involve Corridor of Fame shortstop Luke Appling of the Chicago White Sox, Billy Goodman of the Boston Crimson Sox who gained the American League batting title, and Tim McCarver, St.&#13

Louis Cardinal catcher from Memphis, Tennessee, and several others.

Well-known play-by-enjoy announcer Ernie Harvell named Cracker video games on the radio from 1943-1949 and was traded to the Brooklyn Dodgers for a catcher, ensuing in the only time an announcer has been traded for a player. (At least they bought a much better deal than Joe Engel who traded a shortstop for a turkey.)

On the other hand, the recent political divisions on racial grounds and the various alleged origin of the identify really should get started with the historical actuality that as in quite a few other cities, Atlanta’s nearby Negro League crew was named after the local white league squad. The Atlanta Black Crackers joined the Negro Southern League in 1920 and existed right up until the early 1950s.

The crew would also earn the second 50 % championship of the Negro American League in 1938.

Wikipedia contains an interesting short article on the heritage of the group and from 1997 by at least 2016 the big league Atlanta Braves wore Black Cracker’s uniforms against in the same way clad clubs from other league metropolitan areas in regulation year engage in. Recreation worn uniform product sales earnings by auctions have been donated to the guidance of the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum in Kansas City, Missouri.

The origin of the team’s title has not been without the need of controversy. In writer Tim Darnell’s historical reserve “The Crackers: Early Days of Atlanta Baseball” (Athens Ga: Hill Street Push 2003) he concludes that the origins of the team’s name are known “but proceeds to cite a number of alternatives as to why this name was chosen.”

In the current racist atmosphere that frequently divides all segments of the American populace right here are a several:

(1) A derogatory time period for a “white Southerner” that encourages racism

(2) A expression of pride by some white Southerners to indicate descendants from the first settlers of the South:

(3) A shortened edition of the “Atlanta Firecrackers,” the previously variation of a minimal league crew in 1992 in the Southern Affiliation

(4) Plowboys who cracked the whip in excess of animals as in “Georgia cracker”

(5) Well known columnist, Lewis Grizzard, Jr. in a single of his 25 finest promoting guides released in 1990, commented in his innocence as a 10-yr-outdated admirer of the baseball staff who believed that the team’s title arose from “saltine crackers” and claimed youthful ignorance of any divisive that means and racial division.

Other far more derogatory definitions have been used to the phrase which includes a term of contempt for the “poor” or “mean whites,” specially of Ga or Florida.

One more alleged origin is that the phrase dates back again to the American Revolution and is derived from “cracked corn” which was a staple food items diet plan of the bad.

In truth a further historic allegation is that mainly because of the substantial selling price of slaves during the 1830s -1840s built it much more monetarily sensible to use a “cracker” on a risky position than a slave for the reason that if the latter acquired killed or prematurely injured the value to change them could be costly. If a cracker bought hurt or died, monetarily the planter would have been unaffected.

“Crackers” had low social standing expectations and regardless of their positions and rank in the communities they however considered that they were improved than the African slaves.

Unfortunately, that conflict however nowadays exists as demonstrated by the ongoing turmoil however made by self-serving groups and individuals in the general public and personal domain.

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