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Small Town Baseball

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first_imgYou have seen stories I have written in the past about some of the local baseball leagues that existed 50 years ago. Most of them are now just memories for us older folks. Recently, a group of us were talking about these leagues and how toward the end of the season towns liked to pick up an extra player to help them win the playoffs. In those days it wasn’t unusual for a town to have a good player playing in some minor league system. These lower minor leagues usually ended by September 1st so when the players came home, it was certain one of the area teams would pick them up to finish the season. Even if they weren’t pitchers for their minor league team, they often were asked to pitch for these local teams, because they were great athletes and probably had pitched some time in their past. This would always cause a lot of discussion between the local teams as to just how fair this procedure was. Really, the only thing that the other team was mad about is the fact that their hated rival got to this player first and signed him up before they did. No league president would interfere because these rivalries created a lot of interest which in turn filled the stands and added some much needed money to the league treasury. You can bet that the next year all the teams would go out and scour the area to see if there were any of these guys available for that final push for local bribing rights. All I know is that it was a lot of fun as a kid to go and watch these games, because the baseball was excellent and it only cost a couple bucks to see the game.last_img read more

Rep. Karen Bass announced as commencement speaker

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first_imgAn estimated 60,000 guests are expected to attend, according to  USC News release. Approximately 15,000 degrees will be conferred during the ceremonies, which will take place at both the University Park and Health Sciences campuses. In addition to having worked at the Los Angeles County+USC Medical Center, Bass holds a graduate degree in social work from the Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work. “Bass has been recognized as a coalition builder in times of economic distress and divisiveness,” Austin wrote. “She is a leader for our time and a standard bearer of USC’s ideals.” Bass founded the Community Coalition in South Los Angeles, an organization dedicated to influencing public policy to aid communities struggling with crime, addiction and poverty. Bass has served as a member of Congress since 2011. “Bass was sworn in to chair the Congressional Black Caucus in January and joined the U.S. Congress in 2011,” the news release read. “A lifelong Angeleno and daughter of a U.S. postal worker, Bass served as an emergency room Physician Assistant at LAC+USC Medical Center early in her career.” Bass follows Pulitzer Prize-winning author Siddhartha Mukherjee, who spoke last year, and actor and alumnus Will Ferrell, former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and Disney President and CEO Bob Iger, who served as speakers in previous years.center_img Congresswoman and Black Congressional Caucus Chair Karen Bass will deliver this year’s commencement address, USC announced Thursday. Countdown to commencement | The University announced Thursday that Congresswoman and Black Congressional Caucus Chair Karen Bass will speak at USC’s 136th annual commencement ceremony in May. (Photo from Twitter/ Karen Bass) Bass, the recipient of the John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Award, was elected to represent L.A. in the State Assembly in 2005 and became the first ever African American woman elected to the state legislative body. She currently serves as the representative for California’s 37th district, which includes USC’s main campus. In Congress, Bass has served on the Foreign Affairs Committee and Judiciary Committee. “As a prominent member of the Trojan Family, Congressmember Bass sets an outstanding example of leadership and public service for our graduating class,” Interim President Wanda Austin wrote in a statement to the Daily Trojan. The 136th annual commencement ceremonies will take place on May 10. last_img read more

Cubs manager Joe Maddon has the worst spin move of all time

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first_imgCubs manager Joe Maddon wanted to get after Pirates manager Clint Hurdle in the fourth inning Thursday, but he didn’t have the proper technique to do so.After Hurdle seemed to chirp at Maddon following an up-and-in pitch to Chicago star Javier Baez, umpire Joe West ejected Maddon for his vocal retort from the dugout. That prompted Maddon to rush onto the field and charge his counterpart. But Maddon, 65, does not have the moves he used to. With West holding him back — and Hurdle staring him down — Maddon attempted a spin maneuver to break free. It didn’t work.Rather than opening a lane to Hurdle, Maddon went backward, resembling an interpretive dancer more than a fighter. MORE: Watch ‘ChangeUp,’ a new MLB live whiparound show on DAZNClint Hurdle just made Joe Maddon’s burger well-done.It took an army to hold Maddon back. pic.twitter.com/cl9yoJmjkX— Sporting News MLB (@sn_mlb) July 4, 2019Grill master is UNFAZED. pic.twitter.com/WjEOiV5vf7— Sporting News MLB (@sn_mlb) July 4, 2019Just make another burger yourself, Joe.😂😂😂pic.twitter.com/tRjVvoXang— Sporting News MLB (@sn_mlb) July 4, 2019While Maddon’s ultimate goal was likely to fire up his players, who had gotten a couple of far-inside pitches from Jordan Lyles to that point, he probably earned himself a running clubhouse joke at his expense. No doubt the skipper will hear from his players once they watch the clip following the contest.The Cubs did open up a big lead shortly after the incident, and since they’d lost four straight entering Thursday, Maddon is unlikely to regret his miscalculation.last_img read more