The South Bend Silver Hawks are honoring five former Negro League players at their upcoming game on Monday July 25th against the Kane County Cougars. Among them are 89 year old Hank “Baby” Presswood and Lou “The Grey Cat” Clarizio who was the first white player to ever play in the Negro Leagues as a member of the Chicago American Giants. In the story Clarizio talks about being accepted by his teammates and coaches, but finding it much tougher to win over the fans. Presswood also looks back on his career with the Cleveland Buckeyes and the Kansas City Monarchs. It’s a fascinating story on both players.
Not baseball, but bare with me for a moment. There is apparently tons and tons of interest in the Decorah Eagles, a family of Bald Eagles and their three Eaglets living in a nest in Decorah, Iowa. There is around the clock coverage of the Eagles that has generated over 100 million views on UStream. My dad decided to visit Decorah last week, and shot this awesome video of one of the Eaglets catching a fish in a local fish hatchery. Check it out if you enjoy that sort of thing, and we will be back to baseball shortly 🙂
Phil Gosselin is probably best known for cranking a Home Run off the then unbeaten Stephen Strasburg that helped the Virginia Cavaliers beat San Diego State in the 2009 NCAA Regional. However now that he’s turned pro, Gosselin is beginning to makie a name for himself in the Carolina League as the second baseman is one of the batter hitters on the Lynchburg Hillcats. The Atlanta Braves farmhand is batting .272 with 22 doubles, five triples, five home runs, and 51 RBI’s so far this season. In the story below, Gosselin talks about staying focused in his first full season, playing close to home in Lynchburg, getting to see his Virginia Cavaliers make it to the NCAA’s once again, and playing minor league ball for Luis Salazar who lost his eye after being hit with a line drive during spring training.
It’s been four years to the day since tragedy struck Minor League Baseball when Tulsa Drillers coach Mike Coolbaugh was struck with a line drive and killed while coaching first base during the Drillers game at Arkansas. Coolbaugh’s brother Scott is now the Texas Rangers’ hitting coach. In the story Scott talks about his brothers memory, forming the Diamond Dreams foundation, and how tough it was not to be able to call his brother and tell him he was headed to the big leagues.
Remember Brian, the fan who had Bryce Harper sign his grandfather’s Mickey Mantle Autographed Baseball? Well he’s back. This time documenting his trip to Cooperstown New York for the Major League Baseball 2011 Hall Of Fame Induction. He catches up with Pete Rose at a local restaurant and asks for his autograph on a previously unsigned baseball upon Rose’s departure. Rose does not sign, and Brian responds by throwing the ball into the woods over oncoming traffic.
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