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The Baseball World mourns the death of “Mr. Cub” Ernie Banks

Ernie Banks (photo by Scott R. Anselmo via wikipedia commons)

The baseball world was disappointed Friday when the Chicago Cubs had to announce that their beloved “Mr. Cub” Ernie Banks had passed away at the age of 83.

Fans on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram posted photos of Banks with a note of how he had affected their life. Whether a Cubs fan or not, Ernie Banks was well-liked by anyone connected with baseball.

Despite many years of playing on losing teams in Chicago, the always-smiling, upbeat Banks always had enthusiasm for the game and was its best ambassador next to Hank Aaron and Yogi Berra

He was famous for always saying, “It’s a great day for baseball. Let’s play two”!

The two-time National League MVP in a 19-year career with the Cubs, had a .274 average with 2,583 base hits, 512 homers, 1,636 RBI’s in a Hall of Fame career. He played from 1953-1971. He hit 40 or more homers in a season five times. Other career highlights and awards include: 14-time All-Star, a 1960 Gold Glove winner, 2-time NL Home Run and 2-time NL RBI champion, Cubs retired his #14 jersey  and he was a member of the MLB Century All-Star Team.

He started his career as a shortstop and ended it as a first baseman.

Ernie Banks in 1955 on Bowman Baseball Card (Public Domain via wikipedia commons)

The one sad fact about his career, he never reached the postseason. Which is mind-boggling considering the Cubs in those days had some great players in Ron Santo, Ferguson Jenkins, Glenn Beckett, Don Kessinger, Billy Williams, Kenny Holtzman, Randy Hundley, Bill Hands and Phil Regan.

He reached the Baseball Hall of Fame in his first year of eligibility of 1977.

One fact that most fans don’t realize about Banks is that he was the Cubs’ first black player on 1953.

Banks signed with the Cubs in the fall of 1953. He made his major league debut at Wrigley Field on September 17 at age 22, and played in ten games. He became one of a handful of former Negro league players who joined MLB teams without playing a single minor league game.

In 1954, Banks’ double play partner during his official rookie season was Gene Baker, the second Cubs black player. Banks and Baker roomed together on road trips and became the first all-black double-play combination in major league history.

NCAA will allow coaches can text and call recruits


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As of yesterday, June 15, Division I men’s coaches will be allowed to send unlimited texts and make unlimited calls to recruits who have completed their sophomore year of high school.

The NCAA will also allow coaches to send private messages to prospective players through social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter.

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Despite feud with teammates, Holmes appears to be staying with Jets


Santonio Holmes (file photo)

During the last regular season game against the Miami Dolphins, where the New York Jets had to win to get the sixth spot for the AFC playoffs, they lost 19-17.

In that game, several Jets players thought that Santonio Holmes quit on the team. They said so and their words were put out over Twitter and Facebook. His teammates all said they didn’t want him back.

Well, it seems like all is forgiven.

The former Ohio State wide receiver will be staying with the Jets after remaining on their roster for the second day of the NFL’s waiver period.

Holmes will get $15.25 million dollars in guaranteed money for the next two years.


Info compiled from Radio, TV & NFL news

Penn State assistant McQueary won’t coach Saturday due to threats; rumors he may be out as well


Mike McQueary (courtesy of Penn State athletics)

Penn State assistant coach Mike McQueary will not coach in Saturday’s game against Nebraska after the school received several threats to his life.

McQueary is the wide receivers coach and he relays the offensive play calls from the press box to the offense on the field.

McQueary testified in a grand jury investigation that led to former PSU defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky being charged for sex-abuse charges involving young boys.

McQueary says that he witnessed Sandusky sodomizing a boy in the shower, has been under as much scrutiny as head coach Joe Paterno, athletic director Tim Curley, university vice president Gary Schultz and university president Graham Spanier for not notifying the police.

The Penn State athletic department released a statement on Thursday saying that it would be in the interest of all involved if McQueary not attend the final home game of 2011 at Beaver Stadium.

Friday night, there were reports on Facebook, Twitter, the internet, Radio and television that McQueary had told his position players that he was done at the school and would not return at all.

McQueary is a State College native and Penn State graduate having played for the legendary Paterno. He was the number-1 quarterback on the 1997 team which went 9-3. He joined the staff as a graduate assistant in 2000 and was promoted to receivers coach and recruiting coordinator in 2004.


Info compiled from Penn State athletics, Radio & TV news


TOLEDO-OSU RECAP: Luke Fickell escapes embarassing loss;discusses game outcome


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Luke Fickell (file photo)

Most of us who cover the Ohio State Buckeyes on a regular basis, were sitting in the press box during Saturday’s 27-22 win over the Toledo Rockets wandering several things aloud, on Twitter and Facebook.

What if Luke Fickell loses this game and why isn’t he playing Braxton Miller when it was obvious Joe Bauserman was struggling badly at times.

If Toledo had won that game, it would’ve been the first time in 90 years that an in-state opponent would’ve beaten the Buckeyes. Believe it or not, Oberlin won in 1921.

A loss like this would not look good when Coach Fickell and Gene Smith get together at the end of the season to decide whether he keeps the job or not.

Toledo is a good football team, but they are not Wisconsin, Miami of Florida, Nebraska or Michigan.

The first-year head coach also could not be happy with his special teams inconsistent play. Toledo blocking a punt to set up its first TD and Drew Basil missing two field goals, one that counted and one that was nullified due to a penalty.

In his postgame press conference with the media, Fickell talked about Carlos Hyde, the blocked punt, Chris Fields’ 69-yard punt return for a TD, Philly Brown, Rod Smith’s fumbling and the state of the team after two games.


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