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Golfing legend “Buffalo Bill” Billy Casper passes away at age 83

Billy Casper (2010 photo by Keith Allison via wikipedia commons)

Often overshadowed by the rising careers of Jack Nicklaus, Gary Player and Arnold Palmer, who were considered to be the “Big Three” during that era,  Billy Casper was a star in his own right. He was one of the most prolific tournament winners on the PGA TOUR from the mid-1950s to the mid-1970s.

The winner of 51 tournaments and one of the sport’s finest putters, suffered a heart attack and died Saturday at his home in Springville, Utah. He was 83.

Casper is survived by his wife of 62 years, Shirley, 11 children, six of whom are adopted, and 71 grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Known by his colleagues as “Buffalo Bill” due to his diet of exotic meats such as caribou, elk, hippopotamus and buffalo.

Casper got started in golf at the age of seven with the urging of his father. He spent one semester at the University of Notre Dame before returning to his native San Diego. He married his wife, Shirley in 1952. Before turning professional in 1954, he played in several amateur tournament around the San Diego area against fellow native Gene Littler.

Speaking of Littler, Casper won the  1970 Masters Tournament in the event’s last 18-hole playoff over his childhood friend. He defeated Littler by five shots.

Between 1956 until 1975, Casper won 51 PGA TOUR titles — including three major championships — and led the money list in 1966 and 1968. His 51 career victories place him seventh on the TOUR’s all-time victories list.

Casper won at least one PGA TOUR title for 16 consecutive years and earned titles in three different decades. He also enjoyed 14 seasons where he won at least two tournaments, the high mark coming in 1968 when he earned six tournament titles. That streak is the third longest streak on tour, trailing only Jack Nicklaus and Arnold Palmer, who each won on TOUR in 17 straight seasons.

In 1979, Casper captained the U.S. squad to victory over Europe.

On the Senior Tour, which is now the Champions Tour, earned nine wins including two senior majors.

In 1978, Casper became inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame along with Dorothy Campbell Hurd Howe, Bing Crosby, Harold Hilton and Clifford Roberts.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Brewers release struggling veteran pitcher Wolf

 

The Milwaukee Brewers, long out of the National League Central Division pennant race, is continuing to clean house and cut payroll.

The lastest on the way out the door is veteran left-hander Randy Wolf.

The crafty Wolf, who can still throw the ball in the 90′s on occasion, had a record of 3-10 with an ERA of 5.69 in 24 starts in 2012. He had lost his last four decisions.

Randy wolf with Brewers (photo by Jninja via wikipedia commons)

The 36-year-old Wolf, has a MLB record of 130 wins, 117 losses, 4.19 ERA, 1,759 strikeouts.

Wolf has played with Philadelphia, the Dodgers twice, San Diego and Houston.

He was an All-Star in 2003.

 

Info compiled from MLB, Milwaukee Brewers, Radio & TV news

 

Reds rookie Mesoraco suspended, put on 7-day DL for concussion symptoms

 

Cincinnati Reds rookie catcher Devin Mesoraco had planned to appeal his three-game suspension for making contact with an umpire during an argument on Monday night. He was suspended and fined an undisclosed amount Wednesday by Major League Baseball for making contact with an umpire.

But it seems that he’ll be missing some games anyway as a precaution.

Mesoraco was placed on the seven-day disabled list for concussions before Wednesday night’s game against San Diego.

Devin Mesoraco (megasportsnews.com photo)

The Reds were busy with other roster moves as well. Cincinnati  optioned right-hander Todd Redmond to Triple-A Louisville and called up catcher Dioner Navarro from its top farm club. Newly acquired reliever Jonathan Broxton, obtained in a trade Tuesday with Kansas City, was also added to the active roster.

Redmond was recalled Tuesday from Louisville when left-hander Bill Bray went on the 15-day disabled list with back problems. Redmond has been called up to the majors three times this season but is yet to make his big league debut.

Navarro, signed in January by the Reds as a minor league free agent, has spent the year with the Louisville Bats, where he was an All-Star in the International League. He was hitting .330 with four home runs and 27 RBIs in 57 games.

Mesoraco was injured in a collision with San Diego Padres outfielder Cameron Maybin at home plate in the second inning of Monday night’s 11-5 loss to the Padres. The catcher was later ejected for arguing balls and strikes. Before leaving the field, he pointed a finger at plate umpire Chad Fairchild’s chest protector and bumped him.

Once he comes off the DL, Mesoraco will be allowed to play until his appeal is heard.

 

Info compiled from MLB, Cincinnati Reds, Radio & TV news

 

 

Former Red Cameron, retires at age 39

 

Mike Cameron in July 2008 (By the DanaFiles, UC International via wikipedia commons)

39-year-old outfielder Mike Cameron has informed the Washington Nationals that he has decided to retire.

Cameron, who signed a free-agent contract with the Nationals, two months ago on December 19, played for eight teams in his career, the White Sox, Cincinnati, Seattle, the Mets, San Diego, Milwaukee, Boston and Florida.

An All-Star in 2001, Cameron won three Gold Glove Award and hit four homers in a game on May 2, 2002 with Seattle.

His career average was .249 with 278 homers and 968 RBI’s.

 

Info compiled from MLB, Washington Nationals, Radio & TV news

Reds bring back Tomko; given a chance to make team

 

Brett Tomko (file photo)

The MLB team that helped launch Brett Tomko’s career, the Cincinnati Reds, have signed him to a minor league contract and invited him to spring training.

Tomko has had an eventful 14-year career pitching for 10 teams; San Diego three times, Oakland, the Yankees, St. Louis, San Francisco, the Dodgers and Kansas City.

His record is 100-102 with 4.65 ERA and has 1,195 strikeouts.

The 38-year-old Tomko, who’ll be 39 on April 7, was Cincinnati’s second-round pick in the June 1995 draft. He was elevated to the majors in 1997 and spent three seasons with the Reds.

He will always be remembered for being a part of the four-player package the Reds shipped to Seattle to bring home Ken Griffey Jr. on February 10, 2000.

Tomko was 0-1 with a 4.58 ERA in eight games with Texas in 2011.

 

Info compiled from Cincinnati Reds, Radio & TV news

 

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