Magic Johnson’s 1992 Olympic jersey up for bid
LAGUNA NIGUEL, Calif. (AP) — Magic Johnson's game-worn jersey from the 1992 Barcelona Olympics is up for bid in an auction that ends this weekend.
Davis hits first career home run to lift Giants past Rox
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Jaylin Davis recently met "The Say Hey Kid" and later learned from manager Bruce Bochy that Hall of Famer Willie Mays had his own early struggles at the plate.
Pujols, Trout help Angels rally for 10-4 win over Red Sox
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Mike Trout and Albert Pujols have had plenty of big nights for the Los Angeles Angels, yet Saturday night's 10-4 victory over the Boston Red Sox was one of those games in...
Yelich homer streak snapped, but Brewers beat Reds 4-3
CINCINNATI (AP) — Christian Yelich failed to homer for the first time this season, ending his record-tying streak, but he doubled in the ninth and scored on Ryan Braun's double as the Milwaukee...
Yelich equals MLB record start with homers in 4 straight
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Christian Yelich of the Milwaukee Brewers extended his season-opening home run streak to four games, tying the major league record for homers in consecutive games to start a...
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Christian Yelich of the Milwaukee Brewers has become the first player to win an MVP award and then hit a home run in the first three games of the next season.
NEW YORK (AP) — Baseball great Willie Mays, who turns 88 this spring, has some advice to share.
"24: Life Stories and Lessons from the Say Hey Kid" comes out Sept. 24, St. Martin's Press...
Frank Robinson, baseball’s fearsome trailblazer, dies at 83
Crowding the plate, fearsome and fearless, Frank Robinson hammered his way into the Hall of Fame.
His legacy, however, was cemented that day in 1975 when he simply stood in the dugout at old Cleveland Stadium — the first black manager in Major League Baseball.
Giants Hall of Famer Willie McCovey dies at 80
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Willie McCovey, the sweet-swinging Hall of Famer nicknamed "Stretch" for his 6-foot-4 height and those long arms, died Wednesday. He was 80.
The San Francisco Giants announced McCovey's death, saying the fearsome hitter passed "peacefully" on Wednesday afternoon "after losing his battle with ongoing health issues."
Rays beat Angels 10-6 despite Trout’s 30th homer
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — The Tampa Bay Rays finished a long day of making trades by producing a long inning for Los Angeles starter Tyler Skaggs on Tuesday night in a win over the Angels.
After making a series of deals just before the non-waiver trade deadline, the Rays broke through with a seven-run inning and beat the Angels 10-6 Tuesday night despite Mike Trout's 30th home run.
e_SDLqThere'll be two buses leaving the hotel for the park tomorrow. The 2 o'clock bus will be for those of you who need a little extra work. The empty bus will leave at 5 o'clock."
— Dave Bristol, Milwaukee Brewers manager, 1972
Everyone needs extra work to prepare for the season. So, name the player or players who:
1) Is the fourth (the others are Babe Ruth, Hank Aaron and Willie Mays) with a career .300 average, 500 home runs and 100 stolen bases.
A great Negro Leagues power-hitting duo, lost in time
Baseball’s great power partnerships range from the foundational (Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig) to the quintessential (Willie Mays and Willie McCovey) to the clutch (Manny Ramirez and David Ortiz) and the chemically enhanced (Alex Rodriguez and Rafael Palmeiro).
By George F. Will
The Washington Post
"There'll be two buses leaving the hotel for the park tomorrow. The 2 o'clock bus will be for those of you who need a little extra work. The empty bus will leave at 5 o'clock."
-- Dave Bristol, Milwaukee Brewers manager, 1972
WASHINGTON -- Everyone needs extra work to prepare for the season. So, name the player or players who:
1) Is the fourth (the others are Babe Ruth, Hank Aaron and Willie Mays) with a career .300 average, 500 home runs and 100 stolen bases.
“There’ll be two buses leaving the hotel for the park tomorrow. The 2 o’clock bus will be for those of you who need a little extra work. The empty bus will leave at 5 o’clock.” WASHINGTON — Everyone needs extra work to prepare for the season. So, name the player or players who: 1) Is the fourth (the others are Babe Ruth, Hank Aaron and Willie Mays) with a career .300 average, 500 home runs and 100 stolen bases. 2) Played in the most wins. 3) Was the last to get 3,000 hits without winning a...
The Slice: Didn’t realize at the time that it was a decent catch
The major league season is about to begin.
So let’s start with a baseball memory.
I’ll share one of mine. You can share one of yours.
My older brother and I were at a Reds vs. Giants game at Cincinnati’s Crosley Field back around 1966 or 1967. My mother had taken us so I could see Willie Mays play.
We had brought a pristine baseball, on which we were collecting autographs. The game hadn’t started yet, so we could roam the stands freely.
JOHN DOUGLAS WARD, 73, of Barboursville, passed away Saturday, March 10, 2018, at the Emogene Dolin Jones Hospice House, Huntington. He was preceded in death by his wife, Doris Jean Ward, on March 6, 2018. Joint funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Monday, March 12, 2018, at the Wallace Funeral Home & Chapel, Barboursville, by Rev. Willie Mays. Burial will be in White Chapel Memorial Gardens. He was born February 4, 1945, in Wayne County, a son of the late Brady and Sadie Mullins Ward. He was...
DORIS JEAN WARD, 85, of Barboursville, passed away March 6, 2018. Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p. m. Monday, March 12, 2018, at the Wallace Funeral Home & Chapel, Barboursville, by Pastor Willie Mays. Burial will be in White Chapel Memorial Gardens.She was born October 29, 1932, in Cabell County, a daughter of the late Chet White and Shannon and Frances E. Yoho Burchell. She was preceded in death by two children, Phyllis Jean France and Jackie Lynn Adkins. She is survived by her...
Astros’ George Springer ties homer record, wins Series MVP
LOS ANGELES - When the grueling, thrilling, stress-filled seven games ended, George Springer ran toward his teammates from right field. The Astros had just done it. They'd won the World Series.
Three years ago, Springer's photo on the cover of Sports Illustrated predicted the moment. And he never doubted it would happen. Through ups and downs, wins and losses, hurricanes and floods, injuries and comebacks, the outfielder and leadoff hitter has been a constant and steady force for the Astros.
Greg Hansen: ‘More confident’ Khalil Tate puts on performance for the ages in Wildcats win
In your life have you seen anything like that?
A Tiger Woods chip-in at The Masters, maybe?
A Willie Mays over-the-shoulder catch in the World Series?
No quarterback in the history of college football has ever played a perfect game, not from first snap to last snap, but on Saturday at Folsom Field, Arizona’s Khalil Tate was one pitch away.
It was, according to UA cornerback Jace Whittaker, “electrifying.”
‘Say Hey’: Beltre honored by Rangers, including Mays letter
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — A congratulatory letter from Willie Mays and a video tribute including a request from George Brett were part of a pregame ceremony in which the Texas Rangers recognized Adrian Beltre for joining the 3,000-hit club.
Digging the long ball: Arizona’s Martinez hits 4 home runs
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Hall of Famers Willie Mays, Lou Gehrig and Mike Schmidt did it. So did All-Star sluggers Josh Hamilton, Carlos Delgado and Gil Hodges.
Add J.D. Martinez's name to the list of players with four home runs in a game.
Red Sox owner wants to rename Yawkey Way for David Ortiz
BOSTON (AP) — The Boston Red Sox will ask the city to rename Yawkey Way, the street alongside Fenway Park, to change what owner John Henry called a haunting reminder of the ballclub's history of racial intolerance.
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ANAHEIM, California (AP) — Andrelton Simmons drove in three runs, including a go-ahead two-run homer and Albert Pujols went 3 for 4 with two RBIs as the Los Angeles Angels rallied for a 7-3 victory over the Boston Red Sox in Major League Baseball on Saturday.
Simmons hit his 10th homer of the season to left and put the Angels ahead 4-3 in the third inning after falling behind early. Pujols doubled to score Yunel Escobar and Mike Trout to start the four-run burst.
LEADING OFF: Judge, AL try to even All-Star rivalry, at last
A look at what's happening all around the majors today:
Home Run Derby champ Aaron Judge, Carlos Correa and their teammates have a chance to do something the American League hasn't accomplished in more than five decades — pull even in the All-Star Game rivalry. The AL has won four in a row, but still trails 43-42 with two ties going into the Midsummer Classic at Marlins Park.
Barry Bonds gets plaque on Giants Wall of Fame
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Barry Bonds is home again, this time for good.
Baseball's home run king was honored by the San Francisco Giants with the unveiling of a plaque bearing his likeness on the team's Wall of Fame at AT&T Park during a pre-game ceremony Saturday.
Pujols hits grand slam to reach 600 career home runs
ANAHEIM, California (AP) — Albert Pujols hit a grand slam for his 600th homer, becoming the ninth member of the club during the fourth inning of the Los Angeles Angels' 7-2 victory over the Minnesota Twins on Saturday.
Pujols reached the milestone in theatrical style, putting a low pitch from Ervin Santana (7-3) into Angel Stadium's short left-field porch for his 14th grand slam.
Posey’s homer in 17th leads Giants past Reds 3-2
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — After catching for 269 pitches and watching his beleaguered bullpen escape jam after jam in extra innings, Buster Posey took matters into his own hands.
Posey homered with one out in the 17th inning for the latest walkoff homer in San Francisco history as the Giants beat the Cincinnati Reds for the first time this season with a 3-2 victory Friday night.
Los Alamos girls tennis coach ready to call it a day
ALBUQUERQUE — For the kid who wanted to play outfield for the Giants and gain the adoration of baseball fans as the next Willie Mays, he sure did make a pretty good high school tennis coach.
After 25 years at Los Alamos, Lady Hilltoppers frontman Bruce Cottrell is stepping aside at the conclusion of this week’s State Tennis Championships at the Jerry Cline Complex.
Jacob Heyward hopes to follow All-Star brother to the majors
AUGUSTA — Jacob Heyward is following a different path than his All-Star brother early in his baseball career, but he hopes it also leads to The Show.
When Jason Heyward took his first swing in the majors, a three-run home run on Opening Day in 2010, Jacob was just 14 years old and a freshman in high school in their native McDonough, Georgia, 30 miles south of Atlanta.
Bonds rejoins Giants as special adviser, calls team ‘family’
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Barry Bonds is back with the San Francisco Giants, just as the club had hoped.
Bonds, who spent a one-season stint as Miami's hitting coach last year before being fired, will serve as a special adviser to CEO Larry Baer.
Dome’s First Game on TV a Dull One But Not Leo and Chris
This story appeared in the Houston Post on May 23, 1965. The headline and words are reprinted as they ran then.
In the first inning Saturday Bob Bruce changed speeds on Willie McCovey, and in the television booth high above home plate Chris Schenkel turned to the man in the next chair. "Leo," he said, "that looked like a slip pitch."
John Orsino, who spent 7 seasons in majors, dies at 78
John Orsino, one of the San Francisco players who hit a record-tying five home runs in a 12-run ninth inning in a 1961 game at Cincinnati, has died. He was 78.
Orsino died Tuesday at Sunny Isles Beach, Florida, following a lengthy illness, according to his wife, Honey.
A catcher and first baseman who was born in Fort Lee, New Jersey, Orsino spent seven seasons in the major leagues with the Giants (1961-62), Baltimore (1963-65) and Washington (1966-67), hitting .249 with 40 home runs and 123 RBIs.
“No one can make you feel inferior, except yourself,” Eleanor Roosevelt said.
In today’s environment, with all the killings, bullying and politicizing, it’s about finding stuff we’ve not lost; it’s about realizing we should not look for someone to blame to help us find a fulfilling destination. It’s about who we are inside.
“Luke Cage,” which just premiered on Netflix, attempts to address heroes. More specifically, it’s about a black superhero.
Vin Scully reflects on 67 years of baseball memories
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The three-ring binder chock full of tidbits Vin Scully wants to talk about on the air will soon be flipped shut for the last time.
After Saturday night, the Hall of Fame broadcaster is down to calling four Los Angeles Dodgers games before concluding his 67-year career on Oct. 2 in San Francisco.
"I'm trying very hard not to think about me," he said Saturday during a 50-minute session with the media. "I want to think about the game and the importance of the game."
Growing up with Vin Scully: A soundtrack for a life
It was in the middle of the Barry Bonds home run chase, and I was sitting with Vin Scully in the broadcast booth at Dodger Stadium.
The Dodgers were playing the Giants, and Vin had been kind enough to agree to an interview before the game. I was writing a column about his views on Bonds, though the conversation would eventually cover everything from his days at Fordham to Willie Mays.
Brissett would make Pats history as first black QB to start
BOSTON (AP) — From his den in Huntsville, Alabama, Onree Jackson will quietly root to see Jacoby Brissett under center when he watches New England host Houston on Thursday night.
Almost 50 years have passed, but Jackson still remembers his excitement when he was drafted out of Alabama A&M in 1969 by the Boston Patriots — the franchise's first black quarterback.
Back then, the team hailed his potential to be "the Willie Mays of pro football." But he never played in a regular-season NFL game.
The Kid provides The Show: Griffey Jr. wows in San Diego
Mention the name Ken Griffey Jr. to Padres pitcher Carlos Villanueva and a smile races across his face.
Griffey? The Kid? The backwards hat? The looping, elegant, game-changing swing? The smooth operator who defined “five-tool player” for a generation more completely than anyone since Willie Mays?
The MVP of the 1992 All-Star Game at Jack Murphy Stadium, the last time the mid-summer carnival rolled into San Diego? The singular ballpark force elected into...