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Bayard Rustin to Woodstockings
January 20, 2003
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Bayard Rustin
The Psychedelphia Woodstockings have drafted Bayard Rustin, the much-touted rookie from the War Resisters League. The Woodsox beat out the Paradise Pisces (Rustin was born March 17, 1912) in a bidding war for the pitching phenom.

Rustin, who met Martin Luther King in the middle 1950s, brought the principles of non-violence to the United States Civil Rights movement. As Deputy Director of the August 28, 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, Rustin was that historic event's chief organizer.

Born a bastard, Rustin was raised by his grandparents in West Chester, Pennsylvania. His grandmother, Julia Rustin, was a member of the Society of Friends (Quakers) and she did much to influence her grandson in the principles of her faith. These principles included the idea that every human being is equal before God, the importance of being non-violent, and the need to treat everyone with love and respect.

After joining and becoming disillusioned with the Youth Communist Party, Rustin met A. Philip Randolph, then President of the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters. Randolph became his mentor and Rustin went on to spend a lifetime engaged in political activism on behalf of the disenfranchised.

Perhaps because of his connection with the communists, but more likely because he was homosexual, Rustin spent most of his life in the background of the movements he was so actively engaged in. In the 1960s his philosophy of non-violence, influenced by Mahatma Gandhi, conflicted with the growing militancy of the civil rights movement. Further, his persistent support for the State of Israel did not always sit well with others involved in the peace and civil rights movements.

When Rustin died of cardiac arrest on August 24, 1987 he was Co-Chairman of the A. Philip Randolph Institute, President of the A. Philip Randolph Educational Fund, Chairman of Social Democrats, USA, and a member of the United States Holocaust Memorial Council.

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Non-Humanoid Players Association Protests Cut
January 14, 2003

Electric Toaster
Electric Toaster
NHPA Executive Director
On January 4 the Cosmic Baseball Association deactivated the Phaetown Cars leaving only two non-humanoid cosmic baseball teams in the Association*. Today, speaking in reaction to that action, Electric Toaster, Executive Director of the Non-Humanoid Players Association (NHPA) issued a statement that called the deactivation of the Cars "regrettable." Toaster's statement went on to say that the NHPA's membership strongly urges the Cosmic Baseball Association to replace at least one, if not both, of the current team vacancies in the Underleague with Non-Humanoid cosmic baseball teams.

The growing activism of the non-humanoids seems directly related to the rise to power of Toaster and his cadre of lieutenants. This occurred after the Imperial City Insects were deactivated in 2001. The controversy surrounding that event should be seen as the origin of non-humanoid unrest. In seasons before 2001, the deactivation of a non-humanoid team would never have been cause for concern.

* Speed City Velocitors, Chopintown Preluders

Dharma Beats Draft Joanna McClure
January 12, 2003

Link to Brief Item on Joanna McClure at Beat News
The Dharma Beats announced the drafting of Joanna McClure for Season 2003.

McClure is a poet who met Jack Kerouac and the other members of the Beat Generation in the middle 1950s. Her road to the Beats passed through Michael McClure, now her former husband. Years after the movement expired there was a refreshed look at the role women played in the boys club that was the Beat Generation. There were girlfriends like Joyce Johnson and wives like LuAnne Henderson and mothers like Carolyn Cassady, Joan Haverty and Joanna McClure.

In a 1982 interview with Susan Edwards published in Friction Magazine (Volume 1, No. 2/3), McClure talked about the interacton between artistic vision and its integration with domestic life:

The things that were good for artistic creations are not the things that were necessarily good for the children...It is probably hard to mix caring for a family and keeping an individual vision going. Childbearing is probably easier if you have tribal boundaries. I don't think that artists fit neatly into the social fabric because if you're going to have vision to bring back to somebody you have to be a step outside.
McClure will be a utility infielder for the Beats.

Warriors Sign Rookie Howeish
January 7, 2003

Abdul Tawab el-Mulla Howeish
In a surprising move, given the current geopolitical climate of the world, the Wonderland Warriors have gone to the Iraqi Military League to secure a new pitcher. Buried deep in obscure press photos someone spotted the throwing ability of Abdul Tawab el-Mulla Howeish.

Off the cosmic baseball field Howeish is a deputy prime minister of Iraq and the chief of the Ministry of Military Industrialization. That is the government department widely believed to be the focal point of Iraq's development of weapons of mass destruction.

Observers of Iraq's leadership circles have noticed that Howeish's image has become more prominent in the official photos released by the Iraqi government. These observers suggest that this could mean that Howeish's star is rising within the inner leadership circle. Last year, Howeish's 27-year-old college educated daughter Wafa, apparently married Iraq's President and Prime Minister, Saddam Hussein. Western intelligence sources describe Howeish as a "more calm personality" than his predecessor, the disgraced Hussein Kamel Hassan al-Majid, the president's former son-in-law, who was killed in 1996.

Virgins Draft Rookie Boisselier
January 6, 2003
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Brigitte Boisselier
The Vestal Virgins, the Cosmic Baseball Association's best team last season, has shored up its pitching rotation by signing Brigitte Boisselier, a rookie and a native of France.

Boisselier, a scientist with advanced degrees in chemistry, is also a member of the Raelians. The Raelians are a religious group that believes space aliens created life on Earth. Recently Boisselier has been on the media's radar scopes as head of a company called Clonaid which claims it has produced a human clone. Clonaid is associated with the Raelians.

From 1985-1997 Boisselier worked as a sales manager in the Lyon region of France for Air Liquide, a large French chemical company. In the late 1990s she earned doctorate degrees in physical and analytical chemistry. Her scientific area of expertise is the chemistry of small inorganic molecules.

Cars and Rapunzeloids Deactivated
January 4, 2003
Team Rosters
The Cosmic Baseball Association announced that two Underleague teams were deactivated. The Phaeton Cars and the Zel City Rapunzeloids will not be playing games during Season 2003. The Cars had played in the Underleague for two seasons compiling a composite 165-159 (.509) won-loss record. The Rapunzeloids joined the Cosmic Baseball Association last season and compiled an 81-81 (.500) record. The departure of the Cars reduces the number of non-humanoid cosmic baseball teams to two.

Happy New Year
January 1, 2003
Happy New Year to all of our members, friends and visitors to the Cosmic Baseball Association's website. May this New Year bring you happiness, health, realized hopes and more dreams of inspiration and anticipation. Best of everything to everyone in the coming New Year..

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