January 21, 2013 |
RON FRASER, the longtime University of Miami baseball coach who won two national championships with the Hurricanes and whose innovative marketing ideas helped spark a surge in the college game's popularity, died Sunday morning, family spokesman Tony Segreto said. Fraser, known as "the wizard of college baseball," had battled Alzheimer's disease for many years. It was believed that Fraser was 79, though his family's statement did not release his age or other private matters, including a cause of death.
January 4, 1995 |
Memorial services for Harry M. Deal, 71, a former Philadelphia resident who founded the famed Stenton Rams football team and was elected to the Pop Warner Hall of Fame, will be held at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 18 at St. Genevieve's Roman Catholic Church, 1225 Bethlehem Pike, Flourtown. Mr. Deal, who died Christmas eve at Veterans Hospital in Miami, was born in South Philadelphia and raised in East Germantown. During his high school days at North Catholic High School, his weight, 130 pounds, kept him from playing on the football team.
August 19, 1987 |
Ron Fraser was sitting around with a tableful of colleagues at the NCAA convention in New Orleans last January. Between lie-swapping, the University of Miami's Hall of Fame baseball coach heard his name and Pan American Games mentioned in the same sentence. Suddenly, Ron Fraser found out the meaning of the word "shanghaied. " "Jack Stallings, the Georgia Southern coach, said it would be nice if I coach the Pan Am team," Fraser said yesterday, after his USA overachievers pummeled tiny Aruba's game teenagers, 15-2, to remain the only unbeaten team (6-0)
February 16, 1994 |
He took almost 100 swings against a bullpen catcher and a scout, and only one ball eventually rolled across the warning track. But former Chicago Bulls superstar Michael Jordan took a big step yesterday toward becoming a professional baseball player anyway. For the first time, he conceded that his post-retirement career might begin somewhere other than Chicago - in Nashville, Tenn., or Birmingham, Ala., or maybe even Hickory, N.C. For the first time, he acknowledged that mastering the skills necessary to become one of the 25 select White Sox players might take him more than six weeks.
August 5, 1992 |
It was a hanging slider out over the plate, a hanging slider in the sixth inning of a one-run ballgame. And Cuba's Victor Mesa missed neither the pitch nor the chance to celebrate. Even before the ball cleared the rightfield wall for a two-run homer, Mesa was smiling and skipping. As he rounded the bases, he held his hands high above his head - clapping sometimes, merely exulting the rest. The Americans' gold medal hopes pretty much evaporated during that riotous trot. And they all knew it, too. "(Mesa's)
July 30, 1992 |
The Cuban baseball team defeated the United States, 9-6, last night in a hideous, error-filled game that confirmed Cuba's status as the odds-on favorite to win the first gold medal for the sport in Olympic history. When the much-anticipated game was over, four tedious hours after it started, both coaches agreed that their teams had bungled the chance to sell baseball to the non-baseball-playing world. "I doubt any Spanish or French person who came here tonight would want to repeat the experience," said the Cuban coach, Jorge Fuentes.
July 10, 1992 |
John Stockton was right. After breaking a bone in his right leg last week at the Tournament of the Americas, Stockton said, "I'm a fast healer. " Of course, in the next sentence Stockton was saying how he'd never been injured before. So there was some doubt about Stockton's knowledge of his healing speed. But yesterday Utah Jazz team doctors cleared Stockton to play in the Olympics. Stockton was the only true point guard besides Magic Johnson on the U.S. team, so his injury had caused some consternation last week.
March 30, 1987 |
The boot camp of a college basketball program that Bobby Knight runs at Indiana is no coincidence. "There's no question he's affected by his military background," said John Feinstein, author of the best-selling book, "A Season on the Brink," which covers the 1985-86 season with Knight's Hoosiers. "(Dayton coach) Don Donoher told me a story about when he and Knight were in Europe in '83 scouting European teams (for the Olympics). They went to Normandy and went through the battlefield, graveyards, churches, everything.
August 26, 1992 |
The way Jeff Granger had it planned, right about now he would be fishing on a lake near his hometown of Orangefield, Texas, saving his body for baseball while his old college football teammates prepared for another season. So what was he doing hobnobbing with Mickey, Minnie and Goofy in front of Sleeping Beauty's castle yesterday, helping hype tonight's Disneyland Pigskin Classic between No. 7 Texas A & M and No. 17 Stanford (Channel 17, 9 o'clock) ? And why will Granger, who quit football after last season, be the Aggies' starting quarterback?
August 15, 1987 |
The United States medal avalanche at the 10th Pan American Games hasn't entirely buried the opposition, as American coaches Ron Fraser and Skip Kenney are quick to point out. In fact, Fraser and Kenney go into today's seventh day of competition seeking the sort of monumental upsets most of the other 37 nations represented here hope to achieve whenever they take on U.S. athletes. A young American baseball team, under Fraser, was to meet top-seeded Cuba in a showdown of unbeatens sure to pack 12,900-seat Bush Stadium.