Baseball Loses Two Legends This Week

Taking time out from the usual snark to note the passing of two baseball greats this week…

Anderson won three World Series titles
Anderson won three World Series titles

Sparky Anderson, who is one of only two managers to lead teams to a World Series title in both the American and National Leagues, died Thursday at age 76 from complications of dementia. And on Tuesday, North Carolina’s own Clyde King, who was most well-known for being the constant through George Steinbrenner’s tumultuous reign over the New York Yankees, died of congestive heart failure at age 86.

Anderson won over 2,000 games as a manager and piloted Cincinnati’s famed Big Red Machine to back-to-back World Series titles in 1975-76. He won four pennants in eight years and was fired after two consecutive 2nd-place finishes in a time when only the division winners advanced to the playoffs. Anderson then jumped to the Detroit Tigers, leading them to a world championship in 1984. Anderson was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2000.

King shows off the bling - six Yankees titles
King shows off the bling - six Yankees titles

King, a native of my hometown Goldsboro, spent over 60 years in pro baseball. He played basketball and baseball at UNC and signed with the Brooklyn Dodgers as a pitcher. He had an unremarkable career as a big league pitcher, then embarked on a managing career in the minors before having major league managing stints for the Braves, Giants, and Yankees. He later became Steinbrenner’s most trusted adviser and served as manager, general manager, and scout for the Yankees. He had an encyclopedic knowledge of baseball and was a true baseball treasure. He is a member of the North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame.

As the PTI guys say, a melancholy “happy trails” to both.

Houston, We Have A Problem….

roger and debbie clemensHow many sportswriters (bloggers included) will use that headline today?  Bad news for Roger Clemens.  Dude has been indicted on perjury and obstruction of justice.  Not good news at all for the Rocket.  Clemens faces six charges with also include lying to Congress.  Somewhere, waste of skin Brian McNamee is smiling.  McNamee, known around these parts as being a big, fat rat, is the trainer who told George Mitchell of the Mitchell Report fame that he injected Clemens more than a dozen times with PEDs.

My take?  We all knew Roger was full of it when he denied taking HGH and steroids, so this is not surprising at all.  I would rather he not go to trial, however, but rather go away never to resurface in the main stream again.  Maybe he can take Favre with him?

Side note

If you want a good laugh, read some of the comments on the MLB.com link.  Some people are stuck on stupid.

A Father’s Day Special

I’m sure you have all seen the commercials and know that Father’s Day is today.  I’m a father myself and everything I learned about being a dad I learned from my father, and so much more.  My dad taught me all about sports: how to catch, throw, run, jump, shoot, win, and lose.  I had a lot of time to do some thinking last weekend and I realized that the lessons that my dad taught me about sports were about sports, but more importantly they were about life too.  Hit the jump to learn these lessons. Continue reading A Father’s Day Special

Dana Bible Diagnosed With Cancer

NC State offensive coordinator and longtime assistant to Tom O’Brien, Dana Bible has been diagnosed with cancer.  O’Brien made the announcement during his Monday press conference.  Bible did not make the trip to Blacksburg over the weekend for the match-up with Virginia Tech, obviously it was due to his medical condition. Via Heather Dinich at ESPN.com:

NC State offensive coordinator Dana Bible had been diagnosed with cancer, coach Tom O’Brien just said at his weekly Monday press conference.

O’Brien said he found out on Friday, and it was a very difficult day in Blacksburg on Saturday. Bible will undergo treatment for the next 30 days, and O’Brien will hire a temporary replacement to help the Pack get through this weekend’s game against North Carolina. Bible coached the quarterbacks and wide receivers, too. He and O’Brien have coached together for 11 years.

Of course this comes on the heels on the news that NCSU radio man Gary Hahn missed the broadcast on Saturday because he was recovering from prostate cancer surgery.

Prayers and wishes for a speedy recovery to both Bible and Hahn.