User:Seattle

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Hello! My name is Seattle, and I've been contributing to Wikipedia for more than four years. On Wikipedia, I primarily edit articles about baseball and American history, but I'll edit anything that catches my eye. The dynamics of fixing and expanding articles are simply amazing– and because Wikipedia is never finished, there is potential for improvement everywhere. In real life, I am a student at university, majoring in history and political science.

Below are some of the articles I've penned here. If you want to collaborate on anything, let me know!

Municipalities in Rio Grande do Norte Major League Baseball players with unidentified given names
Natal pictured at night, by a body of water
Rio Grande do Norte (English: Great River of the North) is a state located in the Northeast Region of Brazil. According to the 2010 Census conducted by the Brazilian Institute of Geography and Statistics (IBGE), Rio Grande do Norte has a population of 3,168,133 inhabitants over 52,797 square kilometres (20,385 sq mi), making it the 16th largest state by population and the 22nd largest by area, out of 26 states. It is home to cities such as Natal, Mossoró, and São Gonçalo do Amarante. The land that became Rio Grande do Norte was a donatário to João de Barros, the factor of the House of India and Mina, from John III of Portugal in 1535; prior to that, the land was owned by the Portuguese Crown. The French, who trafficked Brazil wood in the area, had a foothold on the land until the Portuguese expelled them in 1598. The Dutch took over the land in 1634, as a part of Dutch Brazil, and had reign until 1654 when they were defeated by the Portuguese. In 1701, Rio Grande do Norte joined the Captaincy of Pernambuco, and became a province in 1822 and a state of Brazil in 1889. In the DK Eyewitness Travel Guide, Alex Robinson and Christopher Pickard describe tourism as a "real growth industry" in the state. Rio Grande do Norte is divided into 167 municipalities, which are grouped into four mesoregions and 23 microregions. Of the 167 municipalities, Natal has the highest population, with 803,811 inhabitants, while the smallest by population is Viçosa, with 1,618 inhabitants. The largest municipality by area is Mossoró, with an area of 2,110 square kilometres (815 sq mi); the smallest is Senador Georgino Avelino, named after the former Senator and Rio Grande do Norte Governor José Georgino Avelino, which covers an area of 26 square kilometres (10 sq mi). (Read moreView history)
Thirty-seven individuals who played professional baseball at the major league level lack identified given names. Identification of players remains difficult due to a lack of biological information; a Brooklyn, New York directory, for instance, lists more than 30 men that could be the professional player "Stoddard". Possible mistakes in reading box scores from the 19th century could have also led to players without given names: "Eland", for example, could be another player from the Baltimore Marylands roster whose name was simply misread. Four of the 37, McBride, Stafford, Sterling, and Sweigert, were local players added to the Philadelphia Athletics team by manager Bill Sharsig for Philadelphia's last game of the season against the Syracuse Stars on October 12, 1890. Society for American Baseball Research writer Bill Carle "doubt[s] we will ever be able to identify them". Despite their relative anonymity, several players have received coverage in local and national media. A writer for Sporting Life noted that "the visitors took kindly to the curves of Sterling", as "the Athletics were easily beaten by the Stars" in Philadelphia's contest against Syracuse. In 1872, The New York Times described O'Rouke as a new player on Eckford of Brooklyn who "appear[ed] to be an improvement over the recent incumbents": in his only game, the pitcher allowed 15 runs to score in a complete game against the Troy Trojans. Lewis received a mention in Sporting Life that recapped his performance, and another in the Pittsburgh Press, with a synopsis summarizing the game as "one of the greatest slugging matches ever seen since curve pitching came into vogue."
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Harlem Riot of 1943 Chris Gragg
Between August 1–2 of 1943, a race riot took place in Harlem, New York City, after a white police officer shot and wounded Robert Bandy, an African American soldier who inquired about a woman's arrest for disorderly conduct and sought to have her released. Bandy reportedly hit the officer, and was shot while trying to flee from the scene. A crowd of about 3,000 people gathered around Bandy and the officer as they attempted to enter a hospital for treatment, when someone in the crowd incorrectly reported that Bandy had been killed. A riot ensued that lasted for two days and led to six deaths, nearly 600 arrests, vandalism, theft, property destruction and monetary damages. New York City Mayor Fiorello H. La Guardia ultimately restored order in the borough on August 2 with the recruitment of several thousand officers and volunteer forces to contain the rioters. The underlying causes of the riot stemmed from a disparity between the values of American democracy and the conditions of black citizens, strained and exemplified by World War II. Discriminatory practices in employment and city services created tension among African Americans as they sought to reject their state of living. Segregated in the Army, Bandy came to represent black soldiers, and Collins came to represent white suppression to Harlemites. Culturally, the riot inspired the "theatrical climax" of Ralph Ellison's novel Invisible Man, winner of the 1953 National Book Award, and artist William Johnson's representation of the "oppressed and debased community" in Moon Over Harlem.
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Chris Gragg in an Arkansas football jersey
Chris Gragg (born June 30, 1990) is an American football tight end who plays for the Buffalo Bills of the National Football League (NFL). Selected by the Bills in the seventh round of the 2013 NFL Draft from the University of Arkansas, Gragg accumulated 5 receptions for 53 yards in his first NFL season. His first professional touchdown came against the Pittsburgh Steelers on November 10, 2013. After he graduated from Warren High School, where he played football as a wide receiver, Gragg committed to the University of Arkansas along with three other Warren players. Although he spent his freshman season as a receiver on the Arkansas Razorbacks football squad, the coaching staff converted Gragg into a tight end in 2010. In his sophomore and junior seasons, the Razorbacks made appearances in Bowl Championship Series games and defeated the Kansas State Wildcats in the 2012 Cotton Bowl Classic, which culminated the 2011 season. A knee injury caused Gragg to miss eight games in his senior season as the Arkansas team finished with a losing record. Invited to participate in the NFL Scouting Combine, an evaluative competition among prospective NFL players, Gragg ran the fastest 40-yard dash time and had the second-highest vertical jump among tight ends in attendance; in the draft, the Bills chose Gragg with the 222nd overall selection, a pick Buffalo acquired from a trade with the St. Louis Rams. One of five tight ends in spring training, he made Buffalo's regular-season roster and played in nine regular-season games during the 2013 NFL season.
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