COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. — Tim Raines played in the major leagues for more than two decades, and yet one at-bat still sticks in his mind. Nervous about making the Montreal Expos’ roster after two brief call-ups that didn’t work out so well (one hit in 20 at-bats), his performance on Opening Day 1981 in Pittsburgh erased any doubt. Raines led off the game with a walk, stole second on the first pitch to the next batter and scored after the errant throw to second eluded the outfielders. A star was born. “I think that was the beginning of the type of player Tim Raines could be,” Raines, 57, recalled. “It kind of got me going.
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- Three stars await enshrinement in Cooperstown
By John Kekis - Friday Jul 28, 2017
- Pioneering baseball writer Claire Smith recognized at Cooperstown
By Susan Slusser - Saturday Jul 29, 2017
COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. — Claire Smith, a mentor to and inspiration for a generation of women and minority sports journalists, was as gracious Saturday in accepting the J.G. Taylor Spink Award as she was in dealing with the flak that came with being the first woman to cover baseball as a full-time beat. “I stand here on this stage on behalf of every person in my profession who has been stung by insidious gender discrimination or racism and continued,” Smith said Saturday at Doubleday Field. “You are unbreakable. I am proud.” As a child, Smith recalled, her older brother got to attend a doubleheader she’d wanted to go to.
- ‘Holy Toledo moment’ - Bill King gets Frick Award
By Susan Slusser - Saturday Jul 29, 2017
COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. -At long last, Bay Area radio icon Bill King was posthumously awarded the highest honor in baseball broadcasting Saturday. King, the A’s radio play-by-play man for 25 years, received the Ford C. Frick award in a start-studded ceremony at Doubleday Field, with his stepdaughter, Kathleen Lowenthal, accepting on his behalf. "I think this is a ‘Holy Toledo’ moment," Lowenthal said, using her stepdad’s catch phrase with dozens of Hall of Fame players and managers applauding behind her on the stage. "It is for me. Holy Toldeo.
- Book Review: The Cooperstown Casebook
By Matt Eddy - Wednesday Jul 26, 2017
- Roger Federer withdraws from tournament
By Staff and news services - Monday Aug 14, 2017
Wimbledon champion Roger Federer withdrew from the Western & Southern Open in Mason, Ohio, on Monday because of a back injury.Federer, a 19-time major champion, said in a statement he tweaked his back last week at the Rogers Cup in Montreal, where he lost Sunday’s final to Alexander Zverev.Federer’s withdrawal means Nadal, who lost in the third round at Montreal, will return to No. 1 when new ATP rankings are released next Monday.In women’s first-round action, 2016 Olympic singles gold medalist Monica Puig lost to fellow qualifier Taylor Townsend 6-3, 3-6, 6-2.The Georgia company that owns Augusta National Golf Club and the Masters golf tournament asked a judge to stop a golf memorabilia company from auctioning off a Masters champion’s green jacket and other items it says were never supposed to have left the club’s grounds.Augusta National Inc. filed the federal lawsuit against Florida-based Green Jacket Auctions Inc., seeking to stop the company from selling the champion’s green jacket worn by Byron Nelson in 1966 (he won the tournament in 1937 and ’42) and two member green jackets, as well as silverware and a belt buckle bearing Augusta National’s map and flag logo.The nonconference schedule for the Stanford men’s basketball team features a Nov. 20 home game against defending national champion North Carolina and a Dec. 21 game in Sacramento against perennial power Kansas.
- Names & Faces: Frank Howard, Brittney Griner
Sunday Jul 30, 2017
Frank Howard The former Washington Senator is no longer the home run king of D.C. after the Nationals’ Ryan Zimmerman passed him Sunday with his 238th career homer, all in a Washington uniform. “Ryan Zimmerman — this guy is something very special,” Howard said in a statement. “... If he continues putting these kind of numbers up for another six, eight, 10 years, this young man is going to walk into Cooperstown, N.Y., and into baseball’s Hall of Fame. You want to know how I feel about it? Nobody is happier for him than me.” Howard had 237 of his 382 career home runs with the Senators from 1965-71, including a career-high 48 homers in 1969. and 44 each in ’68 and ’70.