Friday, April 10

#TBT: When the Reds became Redlegs

"If you remember your high school U.S. History class, you know about the Cold War and Joseph McCarthy. A Republican senator from Wisconsin, McCarthy was relatively unknown when he gave a speech in Wheeling, West Virginia, in February 1950 in which he purportedly pulled out a paper with a list of known Communists in the state department. With the post-World War II tensions between the United States and Soviet Union building -- the Soviets had developed their own nuclear weapon in 1949 -- fear of Communism was a concern, and McCarthy exploited it. ... The fear -- and for a few years, McCarthy's popularity -- continued to grow. It was in this context that the Cincinnati Reds officially changed their name to Redlegs in April 1953 because they didn't want to be associated with the Red Scare."
W - Joseph McCarthy
Sen. Joe McCarthy's Startling Morphine Source
Cold War Museum: Senator Joseph McCarthy, McCarthyism, and The Witch Hunt
NYBook: Un-American Activities
YouTube: Senator McCarthy Claims Communist Infiltration, The Hollywood 10 Placed on Blacklist