Last edited by Bothrops Atrox; 09-15-2013 at 07:06 PM.
Word to everyone for saying it more eloquently and precisely than my simple self.
I think the big-picture point is that there is no evidence that "race" had any impact on Tiant's HOF status and there is no evidence of an anti-"Black" HOF conspiracy.
Which leecemark clearly indicated was not a main-thrust issue in his post to begin with. I really didn't mean to get us off on this tangent.
In any case, his addiction helps explain his extreme ups and downs, and his early demise.
"In 1970 Newcombe went public about his severe alcoholism. He didn't even admit how much of a problem he had until 1966. Newcombe used to throw himself into binge drinking with vodka and grape juice, yelling, swearing, even hitting his wife. His children cowered. One day his wife Billie told him she was taking the kids and leaving. At that point, Newcombe saw the light as he never had before. He fell to his knees as if praying, put one hand on Don Jr's head, and took an oath, swearing he would never drink again." -Freedman, Lou (2007) African American Pioneers of Baseball: A Biographical Encyclopedia.
Last edited by csh19792001; 09-16-2013 at 04:33 PM.