A Tribute to Time

1 decade 6 months 3 days ago Sunday, April 15 2007 Apr 15, 2007 Sunday, April 15, 2007 10:04:47 PM CDT April 15, 2007 in Sports
loading

Lincoln University in Jefferson City is a historically black college with a baseball team made up mostly of Missouri kids. The Blue Tigers are also a perfect example of color disappearing from the diamond. It's a practice day before the Lincoln baseball team buses more than 20 hours to Billings, Montana for a weekend series. They are tossing around thoughts about the long trip.

"This road trip is going to be a lot of snow, not much sun and a whole lot of baseball," said one Lincoln baseball player.

Lincoln isn't much different from other Division Two baseball teams; Long road trips and double-headers. It is the make up of the baseball team that might surprise you.

"Considering we are a historically black college they are guessing your baseball team is predominantly black and you tell them no it's predominantly white and they look at you like you are silly," said senior catcher Ryan Becker.

"In our conference we never had one African-American playing baseball. Until we got to the regional tournament and played a Kansas City team, that is all I have ever seen growing up," said senior pitcher Adam Patch.

Tyrell Roseburrow is a bit of a modern day Jackie Robinson. He is the only black baseball player on the team.

"I knew what to expect. I really did not think there would be. Given the fact blacks don't play baseball. They prefer to play basketball or football because it is much more exciting," said senior outfielder Tyrell Roseburrow.

While the Lincoln football and basketball teams don't have trouble recruiting black athletes. Baseball coach Jim Dapkus doesn't find his recruiting grounds as fertile.

"When you go look at junior colleges in Missouri you are probably looking at 97-98 percent of the players are going to be white," said head baseball coach Jim Dapkus.

"They kind of look at it like, wow, you are the only black on the team, why its not something I really have an answer for it. I love playing baseball so that's what I'm going to do," said Roseburrow.

Roseburrow is a senior. That means Lincoln may not have any black players next season.

"Should there be one? I say yeah, we are a historically black college so I think there should be one," commented Roseburrow.

"We are actively trying to find players that are going to help us get better and it doesn't to me matter. We are looking for kids that are going to help our program grow," said Dapkus.

On the weekend that marks the 60th Anniversary of Jackie Robinson playing Major League Baseball, Roseburrow is planning an on-field tribute.

"I might steal home. Something like Jackie did. If I get the opportunity I might just do it on my own. Hopefully I will be safe and don't get in trouble for it," said Roseburrow.

"Hopefully he does. Hopefully its a game winning steal of home. That would be awesome," said Dapkus.

The Blue Tigers head coach says the solution is getting more African-American kids to play youth baseball, so they can develop a love for the game.

More News

Grid
List
ST. LOUIS - Southwest's first all-female crew took off from Missouri on Wednesday. The flight traveled from St. Louis... More >>
59 minutes ago Wednesday, October 18 2017 Oct 18, 2017 Wednesday, October 18, 2017 10:07:00 PM CDT October 18, 2017 in News
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Jaden Schwartz had his third career hat trick to help the St. Louis Blues beat the... More >>
59 minutes ago Wednesday, October 18 2017 Oct 18, 2017 Wednesday, October 18, 2017 10:06:59 PM CDT October 18, 2017 in News
MEXICO-- As Domestic Violence Awareness Month comes to a close, a report by the Violence Policy Center shows that Missouri... More >>
3 hours ago Wednesday, October 18 2017 Oct 18, 2017 Wednesday, October 18, 2017 7:29:00 PM CDT October 18, 2017 in News
ASHLAND - Children, parents and politicians attended a Youth Town Hall featuring Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler, R-Missouri, Wednesday evening at the... More >>
3 hours ago Wednesday, October 18 2017 Oct 18, 2017 Wednesday, October 18, 2017 7:14:00 PM CDT October 18, 2017 in News
COLUMBIA - After an active threat on MU’s campus, some are disappointed with the MU Alert system and question its... More >>
4 hours ago Wednesday, October 18 2017 Oct 18, 2017 Wednesday, October 18, 2017 6:51:00 PM CDT October 18, 2017 in News
COLUMBIA - The Downtown Leadership Council met Tuesday to decide how to spend fees paid by developers to compensate businesses... More >>
5 hours ago Wednesday, October 18 2017 Oct 18, 2017 Wednesday, October 18, 2017 5:33:00 PM CDT October 18, 2017 in News
SPRINGFIELD (AP) — An Arkansas man who made bomb threats to a county courthouse in Missouri so his court hearing... More >>
6 hours ago Wednesday, October 18 2017 Oct 18, 2017 Wednesday, October 18, 2017 4:31:00 PM CDT October 18, 2017 in News
MOBERLY - Police arrested a man Tuesday on suspicion of more than a dozen crimes, including rape, statutory rape, sodomy,... More >>
7 hours ago Wednesday, October 18 2017 Oct 18, 2017 Wednesday, October 18, 2017 3:31:00 PM CDT October 18, 2017 in News
COLUMBIA - Six years after being one of the first 16 schools to incorporate the Coulter Awards, MU has become... More >>
7 hours ago Wednesday, October 18 2017 Oct 18, 2017 Wednesday, October 18, 2017 3:14:00 PM CDT October 18, 2017 in News
COLUMBIA – People struggling with alcoholism can find help more easily with a new online navigator tool released by the... More >>
7 hours ago Wednesday, October 18 2017 Oct 18, 2017 Wednesday, October 18, 2017 3:12:00 PM CDT October 18, 2017 in News
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — A judge has fined a central Missouri prosecutor more than $12,000 for failing to provide records... More >>
8 hours ago Wednesday, October 18 2017 Oct 18, 2017 Wednesday, October 18, 2017 2:52:00 PM CDT October 18, 2017 in News
COLUMBIA – Rep. Vicky Hartzler, (R)-Missouri, presented a new piece of legislation she says is aimed at getting more people... More >>
8 hours ago Wednesday, October 18 2017 Oct 18, 2017 Wednesday, October 18, 2017 2:24:00 PM CDT October 18, 2017 in News
SPRINGFIELD (AP) — A new report sheds light physical confrontations between a Missouri hospital's staff and patients that put the... More >>
8 hours ago Wednesday, October 18 2017 Oct 18, 2017 Wednesday, October 18, 2017 2:13:00 PM CDT October 18, 2017 in News
MOUNTAIN VIEW (AP) — Authorities have confirmed that remains found in March in southern Missouri are a woman who has... More >>
8 hours ago Wednesday, October 18 2017 Oct 18, 2017 Wednesday, October 18, 2017 2:08:00 PM CDT October 18, 2017 in News
COLUMBIA- The MU community made its voice heard Wednesday, laying out the characteristics, qualities and experiences it's looking for in... More >>
9 hours ago Wednesday, October 18 2017 Oct 18, 2017 Wednesday, October 18, 2017 1:20:00 PM CDT October 18, 2017 in News
BOONE COUNTY -As the U.S. House starts working on the 2018 Farm Bill, mid-Missouri's congressional representative talked with agricultural producers... More >>
10 hours ago Wednesday, October 18 2017 Oct 18, 2017 Wednesday, October 18, 2017 12:16:00 PM CDT October 18, 2017 in News
COLUMBIA - VALOR pulled into the parking lot at Welcome Home on Wednesday, ready to fill the organization's need for... More >>
11 hours ago Wednesday, October 18 2017 Oct 18, 2017 Wednesday, October 18, 2017 12:06:00 PM CDT October 18, 2017 in News
COLUMBIA - Police have found the person connected to the alert at MU, and have taken that person into custody.... More >>
11 hours ago Wednesday, October 18 2017 Oct 18, 2017 Wednesday, October 18, 2017 12:02:00 PM CDT October 18, 2017 in News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 58°
12am 58°
1am 57°
2am 56°
3am 55°

Select a station to view its upcoming schedule:

Coming Up Next

10:35p
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon
11:37p
Late Night with Seth Meyers
12:37a
Last Call with Carson Daly
10:30p
Rules of Engagement
11:00p
Rules of Engagement
11:30p
The King of Queens

Tonight's Schedule

7:00p
The Blacklist
8:00p
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
9:00p
Chicago P.D.
7:00p
Riverdale
8:00p
Dynasty
9:00p
KOMU 8 News @ Nine on The CW
9:30p
Seinfeld