Upton brothers look to reverse trend

There are fewer black players in the majors than 30 years ago, but the Upton brothers chose baseball over football.

Updated: April 12, 2007, 4:44 PM ET
By Bomani Jones | Page 2

When Manny Upton was growing up, his father called him Bossman. The nickname was so closely attached to him that his high school coach suggested he name his first son B.J. -- Bossman Junior.

So the Tampa Bay Devil Rays' starting second baseman goes by B.J., even though his birth certificate says his name is Melvin. B.J. Upton got more than a cool nickname from his father. He got a love of baseball and a successful work ethic from Manny and Yvonne Upton, too; and those lessons still fuel ...

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