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Ryne, 8 Years Old
new photos of Ryne and Claire were taken by professional photographer
Cory Shubert. Click on either picture to link to Cory's website.
was born in 1967 in Mitchell, South Dakota and loved baseball
from the time I was three. I was a good player growing up
but was always the smallest kid on every team.
baseball heroes growing up were Pete Rose, Graig Nettles,
George Brett and Rod Carew.
I reached high school, I had enough of a growth spurt to bring
me up to average size and I became an all-metro player. I
batted over.400 in high school but I enjoyed playing third
base more than anything else.
I got to college I became a catcher because of a broken ankle
that slowed me down.
my last year of college I read an article about Negro League
baseball and it soon became my passion. I wrote to libraries
across the country for information and built a huge research
especially was interested in the 1935 Bismarck, North Dakota
semipro team and I traveled to the North Dakota Historical
Society to look through miles of microfilm, piecing together
the story of this great team.
living and breathing baseball for more than 25 years now,
I truly believe that the '35 Bismarck team, featuring the
pitching staff of Satchel Paige, Double Duty, Hilton Smith,
Barney Morris and Chet Brewer, was the greatest of all time.
am working hard to produce a movie about this team that is
worthy of the players' accomplishments. Besides being a great
team, it was a truly integrated team 12 years before Jackie
Robinson joined the Brooklyn Dodgers. In the starting lineup
there were usually 4 whites and 5 blacks. Considering the
era our country was in, it is remarkable.
college, in order to write my book and work on the movie,
I have delivered several thousand pizzas, cleaned the carpets
of several thousand apartments, roofed 25 houses, sheetrocked
acres of wall, broken up sidewalks, poured cement, and umpired
about a thousand games. It has all been worth it, though,
because of the incredible people I have met. I have become
good friends with Bobby Robinson, Lester Lockett, Saul Davis,
Sherwood Brewer, Connie Johnson, Joe Desiderato, Will Owen,
and many, many more. And most of all, I have become great
friends with Double Duty!
there are any questions you have about anything discussed
on this web site, or about any aspect of the Negro Leagues,
please feel free to contact me. I truly enjoy it!
Double Duty, Lester Lockett, Bobby Robinson
musical performers and songs:
Elvis Presley, "Put the Blame on Me" and "Young
2. The Beatles, "Every Little Thing" and "Eight
Days a Week"
3. Frank Sinatra, "The Best is Yet to Come" and
4. Johnny Rivers, "Swaying to the Music" and "It's
5. Bob Dylan, "Knockin' on Heaven's Door" and "Subterranean
Favorite TV Shows, episodes
1. Andy Griffith Show, "Barney's First Car"
2. Seinfeld, "Kramer and the Merv Griffith Set"
3. Simpsons, "Homer as a Boxer"
4. Bob Newhart Show, "More Goo to Go"
5. Odd Couple, "Password"
6. News Radio, "The Rats"
1. Planes, Trains and Automobiles
2. In the Heat of the Night
3. Mississippi Burning
4. The Survivors
1. Baseball Rod Carew, Pete Rose, Graig Nettles
2. Basketball Larry Bird, Magic Johnson, Dennis Johnson
3. Football Ronnie Lott, Lynn Swann, Warren Sapp
4. Tennis Chris Evert, Jimmy Connors, John McEnroe
5. Boxing Mahammed Ali, Sugar Ray Leonard, Tommy Hearnes
6. Hockey Wayne Gretzky, Mark Messier, Brett Hull
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Kyle McNary, McNary Publishing
months old and already a fan!
years old, 40 lbs, and already known
for having a big glove!
got my game face on as a college catcher.
Double Duty in his Chicago apartment in 1999 with my son Ryne
and daughter Claire.
Claire Double Duty Radcliffe McNary