New York -- The Yankees have suspended the use of Kate Smith's recording of "God Bless America" during the seventh-inning stretch while they investigate an allegation of racism against the singer. The New York Daily News reported Thursday there are conflicting claims about Smith's 1939 song "That's Why Darkies Were Born." The song originated in the 1931 Broadway revue "George White's Scandals," and was considered satire. It was recorded by Smith and also by Paul Robeson, who was black.The team said in a statement: "The Yankees have been made aware of a recording that had been previously unknown to us and decided to immediately and carefully review this new information. The Yankees take social, racial and cultural insensitivities very seriously. And while no final conclusions have been made, we are erring on the side of sensitivity." Smith died in 1986. The Yankees have used her recording of "God Bless America" and sometimes live singers during the seventh inning since the 2001 … [Read more...] about Yankees stop using iconic Kate Smith song while investigating racism
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News / UK and world by Stephen Eighteen March 27, 2019, 12:01 am Send us a story Sign up to our Daily newsletter Visiting New York for the first time can be a daunting experience. The speed at which the city’s people – and vehicles – move is reason alone to be wary amid the excitement of a virginal jaunt to the Big Apple. Another scary prospect is that of bankruptcy when visiting some of the city’s iconic attractions. A trip to the Empire State Building, for instance, costs $38 (£28) for a single ticket. Fortunately, there are passes available that provide combined entries at discounted rates and offer excellent value for money. One of the most popular is CityPASS, which costs $132 (£100) for adults and $108 for youths aged 6-17, saving 41% on admission to six of NYC’s top attractions. Each New York CityPASS ticket includes prepaid admission to: The Empire State Building (includes the 86th-Floor Observatory plus a bonus … [Read more...] about New York: How to take the juiciest bite out of the Big Apple
The Bruins ended the Lightning’s winning streak on Thursday with a convincing 4-1 win at TD Garden. Boston ended the month — in this case February –with no regulation losses for the first time since November of 2011. Three goals in the span of 1:28 in the third period turned the tide for the Bruins. Elsewhere, the Celtics host the Wizards tonight at 8 p.m., with Boston hoping to end its four-game losing streak. And the Revolution kick off the season on Saturday at 4:30 p.m. in Texas against FC Dallas. Aaron Judge spoke about his Fenway song selection from the 2018 playoffs: After the Yankees won Game 2 of the American League Division Series against the Red Sox last fall, slugger Aaron Judge walked out of Fenway Park blaring “New York, New York” on his speaker. It created a clear response from Red Sox players, who not only played it in Yankee Stadium after defeating their New York rivals in the series, but also again after winning the World Series. On … [Read more...] about Morning sports update: Aaron Judge blamed Fenway Park for the ‘New York, New York’ ALDS incident
Tony Paul The Detroit News Published 6:42 PM EST Jan 22, 2019 In Detroit and throughout the state of Michigan, the debate rages on over whether the Tigers' trading of John Smoltz for Doyle Alexander in 1987 was a prudent move. On one hand, Alexander went 9-0 as the Tigers stormed to the American League East championship on the last day of the regular season. On the other, Smoltz, the Lansing native, went on to a Hall of Fame career with the Atlanta Braves. On the surface, it was a short-term win for the Tigers and a long-term win for the Braves. What's rarely acknowledged, though, is that Smoltz probably wouldn't have become a Hall-of-Famer with the Tigers. Even on the eve of his induction in 2015, he admitted as much to The News. "That was the most significant game-changer for me," he said of the trade. Well, here we are again, celebrating a whole new class of Baseball Hall-of-Famers — and while there are no Tigers or former Tigers in the bunch, there were a … [Read more...] about How new HOFers Mariano Rivera, Roy Halladay almost were Detroit Tigers
Visit The Boston Globe Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Comment on this Scroll to top of page Michael Levenson Globe Staff November 21, 2018 The injustice of it all hit James Carmody on Wednesday morning as he was driving back from the grocery store and heard a report on the radio about the crowds swarming into New York City to brave subfreezing temperatures for the annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. “I was thinking, why aren’t we doing something? Why don’t we have our own?” said Carmody, vice president and general manager of the Seaport Hotel. “The hotels in Boston would love to have something big on Thanksgiving, as well as the retailers.”After all, the Pilgrims landed on Plymouth Rock, not Rockaway Beach. Yet somehow New York has stolen a holiday that by all rights should be ours. Advertisement Every year, the eyes of the nation turn to Manhattan for the Macy’s Parade, which draws 3.5 million … [Read more...] about Thanksgiving should be big in Boston. So how did we let New York steal it from us?