May 14, 2015 |
GO. If you love your country, go. If you believe children should be happy, then go. The Wounded Warrior Amputee Softball Team plays at Patriots Park in Allentown at 5 p.m. Saturday. Proceeds benefit the WWAST kids camp, which hosts 20 amputee kids between 8-12 years old from all around the country. This year the camp is in California. Simply put, the camp brings these kids joy. It makes some of them really happy for the first time in their short lives. The camp costs about $5,000 per kid. Each kid gets to bring one parent.
June 30, 2014 |
AKELEY, Pa. - The bats Ted Williams demanded, with their 25 growth rings per inch, came from the Allegheny Mountain forests that unfurl in all directions from this flyspeck Warren County town. So did the wide-grain models Pete Rose preferred and Dick Allen's 40-inch, 40-ounce wagon tongues. This vast and remote region, straddling Route 6 along the Pennsylvania-New York border, has long been the mother lode of baseball bats. For a century or more, nearly all those used by major-league hitters came from the white ash that grows and is milled in this bat belt.
May 12, 2013 |
Looks as if money trumps mom for Major League Baseball. (Really, though, is anyone surprised by that news? Anyone? Anyone? Bud?) Players will be using pink bats on Mother's Day to bring attention to breast-cancer research (and, you know, honor mothers). The bats come from Louisville Slugger, under an ironclad agreement with MLB. Just how ironclad? Well, as the Baltimore Sun reports, Orioles outfielder Nick Markakis and Twins third baseman Trevor Plouffe, both sons of breast-cancer survivors, wanted to use black bats with pink logos from another company, Minnesota's MaxBats.
August 5, 2012 |
For close to 50 years, it sat in a corner of an attic, just another dusty, forgotten piece of wood with an obscure name stamped into it: Momen Clemente. That piece of lumber - a Roberto Clemente bat from the seventh game of the 1960 World Series - was among memorabilia auctioned Thursday night at the National Sports Collectors Convention at Baltimore's Oriole Park at Camden Yards. It sold for $41,825. Other items up for bid included a loving cup given to Honus Wagner in 1917 ($44,812.50)
September 14, 2009 |
No respect for Marlins rookie Florida's Chris Coghlan got to the majors less than three years after being drafted out of college, got off to a rough start, then found his stride as a leadoff hitter. Now, with a .306 batting average and a .382 on-base percentage, he is a candidate to be named the NL rookie of the year. But there still are bumps along an otherwise seamless road. About two months into his major-league tenure, Coghlan got his first set of personalized bats from Louisville Slugger.
June 7, 2007 |
The summer of 1998 seems a long time ago, Todd Frazier and Casey Gaynor agreed as they relaxed in the sparse lobby of a hotel in Plymouth Meeting last month before a game against Villanova. Yet the memories were fresh, and the Rutgers baseball teammates left the impression that they always would be. "It seems way in the past, but I remember it just like it was yesterday," Frazier said. "Yeah, we've gone through a lot of changes since then," Gaynor added. Frazier, a junior shortstop for the Big East Conference champion Scarlet Knights, and Gaynor, a freshman pitcher, reunited this season, nine years after they led Toms River, N.J., to the Little League World Series title with a 12-9 victory over Kashima, Japan, in Williamsport, Pa. Frazier was 12 at the time; Gaynor, 11. Frazier got the final out as a relief pitcher.
September 13, 2006 |
From his family to his teammates and coaches, past and present, Ryan Howard admits that there have been plenty of folks behind the scenes playing a role in his gargantuan season. Some people we've heard of, others we haven't. One of them is Jack Marucci, the moonlighting athletic trainer from Louisiana State University who carves the bats with which Howard has launched many of his record-breaking 56 homers that have captured the imagination of both Philadelphia and the nation.
September 2, 2001 |
After a long day in jail, Steve Bajewicz likes to let 'em fly at night. The 31-year-old Gloucester County corrections officer is a pitcher, manager and outfielder for a Pitman softball team. His squad, sponsored by R. Leo & Son Freezer Storage in Newfield, was one of 13 that played in last week's Gloucester County Men's Softball Tournament. The 19th annual contest at James G. Atkinson Park in Washington Township is the culmination of the season for the hundreds of softball players involved in leagues throughout the county.
May 4, 2001 |
The sun peeks between two barns, sleepily rising to brighten a Churchill Downs that has been alive for hours. Everywhere, there is activity. Here, steam rises from Kentucky Derby favorite Point Given as a groom gives the colt with the championship pedigree a morning bath. There, horses carry riders to or from the track while cats scurry underfoot, and humans - fueled by adrenaline, not caffeine - ignore the earliness of the hour. It is Derby week in Louisville, a seven-day celebration of society and sport that will culminate tomorrow, as afternoon turns to evening, with 17 3-year-old horses pounding down a mile and a quarter of dirt track in about two minutes as more than 100,000 fans scream wildly.
July 30, 1999 |
Former Great Valley and Bloomsburg standout Marty Laudato says she is having so much fun playing softball and golf that she has put on hold her career goal of becoming a marine biologist. Laudato is in her third season in the Women's Professional Softball League, and it's easy to see why she is enjoying herself. The 1988 Great Valley graduate, in her second year as the catcher for the first-place Tampa Bay FireStix (26-18), is leading the league in hitting with a .364 average and is third in both home runs (five)