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Former MLB star Matty Alou dead at 72


Former major league outfielder Matty Alou is best known for his time with the San Francisco Giants and Pittsburgh Pirates, but he also played for the St. Louis Cardinals twice, Oakland, the Yankees and San Diego.

Matty, once part of an all-Alou outfield for the Giants with Felipe and Jesus, died late last week in the Dominican Republic at age 72 of complications from diabetes.

The Alou’s made history in 1963 as the first all-brother major league outfield with the Giants for several games.

A two-time All-Star, Alou became the 1966 National League batting champion with the Pittsburgh Pirates by hitting .342.

Overall, he was a .307 career hitter with 31 homers, 427 RBI’s, 1,777 hits and 236 doubles in 15 major league seasons.

Before his health started failing, Alou was a long-time adviser in the Giants’ baseball operations department.


Info compiled from MLB, San Francisco Giants, Radio & TV news

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Michigan Wolverines honor Howard


Desmond Howard in Austin Texas in October 2008 (photo by Enoch Lai & Magnus Manske via wikipedia commons)

Former University of Michigan star Desmond Howard, a native of Cleveland, Ohio, has been honored as the first “Michigan Football Legend” in a ceremony before Saturday’s game against Notre Dame.

The 41-year-old was the 1991 Heisman Trophy winner.

The school announced that Howard’s name will always be on the jersey of whoever is wearing #21. This year, wide receiver Junior Hemingway is number 21.

Howard played in the NFL with Washington, Jacksonville, Green Bay, Oakland and Detroit.

Info compiled from Radio, TV & University of Michigan news

Indians Ford C. Frick nominations include Hegan, Score

Mike Hegan (Indians photo)

The Cleveland Indians have two of their broadcasters as candidates for the 2012 Ford C. Frick Award for baseball broadcasting excellence.

The nominees are Mike Hegan and Herb Score.

Fans will be able to take part in online voting for the awar starting on Thursday, September 1, 2011, on the Hall of Fame’s Facebook site. The voting concludes on September 30 at 5 p.m. ET.

After the voting concludes, a 20-member committee will vote on the final list of 10-ballot that will be used to determine the 2012 Frick Award winner, who will be honored in Cooperstown during Hall of Fame Weekend, July 20-23, 2012.

The 69-year-old Hegan, a former player with the New York Yankees, Seattle Pilots, Milwaukee Brewers and Oakland, has been with the Indians’ TV and radio broadcasts since 1989. Since 2007, he has been on the radio broadcasts only.

The late Herb Score, who died in 2008 at age 75, played with the Cleveland Indians and Chicago White Sox, was the radio voice of the Indians from 1968-1997. He was inducted into the Broadcasters Hall of Fame in 1998.

Info courtesy of the Cleveland Indians & MLB

Former NFL star/actor Bubba Smith dead at 66

Bubba Smith in 2009 (photo by J Feldman via wikipedia commons)

Former NFL star Bubba Smith, who was one-of the-most feared defensive ends on the field to being a very successful actor off the field, died on Wednesday, he was 66.

The Los Angeles County coroner and a police spokesman said that Smith was found dead at his Baldwin Hills home. Nothing about his death is suspicious. There is no known cause of his death at this time.

The number one overall pick in the 1967 draft after a phenomenal career at Michigan State, Smith, who was 6’7, 265-pounds, spent five years with the Baltimore Colts and he played two seasons each with Oakland and Houston. He was a Super Bowl champion with the Colts in 1971.

In 1969, Smith played for the Colts against the New York Jets in the Super Bowl. Led by Joe Namath, the Jets of the American Football League upset the NFL champion Colts 16-7 in Miami.

Smith was one of the best pass rushers in the NFL, often drawing a double-team by offensive lineman, he was elected to two Pro Bowls and one All-Pro team. He was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1988.

Born Charles Aaron Smith, Bubba played high school football for his father, Willie Ray Smith, in Beaumont, Texas, before playing for the Michigan State Spartans, where he was an All-American in 1966.

For the Spartans, he played for some of the school’s best teams under legendary coach Duffy Daugherty. His number 95 jersey was retired in 2006.

In 1965 and 1966, he helped the East Lansing college go 19-1-1 and win consecutive Big Ten titles.

During the 1966 season, Smith was a member of the Spartans when they played Notre Dame, both undefeated, played to a 10-10 tie. The Spartans finished second behind the then #1 Fighting Irish that season.

Smith played in several television series, “Good Times,” “Charlie’s Angels,” and “Half Nelson.” He also is best-known for being a regular in the Miller Lite commercials which featured for the first time, retired football players. Also, his most memorable role was playing Moses Hightower, the police officer in the “Police Academy” series.


compiled from staff, NFL, Radio & TV news




Marlins turn once again to “Trader Jack” McKeon who is 80

Jack McKeon (courtesy of

The Florida Marlins pulled a surprise earlier in the week when they brought back the most-popular manager in the franchise’s history.

Team President David Samson told the media and fans that he chose  80-year-old Jack McKeon because he is just as hard-working and sharp as he was in 2003 when he led the Marlins to their impossible run to a World Series championship.

McKeon returns to the team he retired from nearly six years ago, will take the job through the end of the season.

“Trader Jack” the nickname he picked up as general manager of the San Diego Padres, becomes the second-oldest manager in major league history. Connie Mack managed the Philadelphia Athletics until 1950 when he was 87.

A strict disciplinarian as a manger, McKeon replaces Edwin Rodriguez, who resigned suddenly on Sunday with the Marlins in a 10-game losing streak and in last place in the National League East.

A native of South Amboy, New Jersey, McKeon started his managerial career with the Kansas City Royals in 1973. He has also managed Oakland, San Diego and Cincinnati.

Born November 23, 1930, McKeon almost led the Reds to a wild-card spot in 1999, a team that had Greg Vaughn, Dimitri Young, Sean Casey, Barry Larkin and Aaron Boone.

He has been voted manager of the year twice, 1999 with the Reds and 2003 with the Marlins.


Info courtesy of the Florida Marlins

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