November 1, 2011 |
Truck driver Wang Yonggang has never seen a baseball game or sung "Take Me Out to the Ballgame. " He couldn't explain a sacrifice bunt. But Wang's got a good eye for bats. His is a lightweight aluminum model with a long barrel and a sticky rubber grip. He treasures his Chinese-made club so much that he keeps it tucked under the seat of his rig. "I need it for protection," said Wang, 32, a native of Inner Mongolia who hauls heavy equipment across busy northeast highways stalked by thugs looking to steal loads and siphon fuel.
June 29, 2003 |
In what appears to be another attempt to distance itself from the South's Confederate past, the University of Mississippi will banish longtime mascot Colonel Rebel from the field. In the last decade, the school has moved to phase out racially divisive symbols such as Confederate flags at football games and has dropped "Dixie" as the school's unofficial fight song.
August 4, 1995 |
It is not expected to hit the bestsellers list any time soon, but Bill Riddell's guide to collecting professional game-used bats has apparently struck a chord with the hard-core collector. In two days at the national sports collectors' convention in St. Louis, Riddell sold out of 200 debut copies of "Bats--Professional Hillerich & Bradsby and Adirondack, 1950-1994."
February 20, 1985
Elijah Pitts, a star running back with the Green Bay Packers during the Vince Lombardi era, was named running back coach of the Buffalo Bills of the National Football League. Tiger Williams, the National Hockey League's all-time penalty leader, cleared waivers and was assigned to the Detroit Red Wings' Adirondack farm club at Glen Falls, N.Y. The Detroit Tigers have signed former pitching coach Roger Craig to scout the National League and to work as a special minor-league instructor.
May 3, 1990 |
Don Mattingly no longer is being asked to pay damages from a breach of contract suit filed against him by the makers of Louisville Slugger baseball bats. Hillerich & Bradsby Co., however, is asking the court to recognize the validity of its contract with the New York Yankees' first baseman, which he signed in 1980 as a minor leaguer.