Monday, December 10, 2018

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The Phoenix Suns' 12-1 run to end Game 4 of the Western Conference semifinals gave them a 104-98 victory Monday night that evened the series with the San Antonio Spurs. But, the big news of the evening was what Robert Horry did late in the fourth quarter. As Steve Nash started to bring the ball up the court after Manu Ginobili missed the Spurs' fourth straight shot, San Antonio's Robert Horry hit him with a forearm that knocked him into the scorers' table and had players from both teams rushing to the scene. Phoenix's Raja Bell tried to get at Horry, as did Nash after he jumped to his feet.... Read More
I met Kathy, the daughter of Dick Williams, at KFOG’s KABOOM in San Francisco several years ago. When I learned who her dad was, I started to try and talk baseball with her, and although she was really nice about it, I could tell she wasn’t a huge baseball fan. A few months later, I persuaded her to give me her father’s phone number at his house in Henderson, NV. I could tell why some reporters found him tough to talk to. I asked him several questions that he thought were stupid and he had no problem telling me so. Dick Williams was a player and manager in the major leagues for a total... Read More
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Clink, slap, clink, slap, clink, clink, clink, slap, slap, slap, slap, clink. It's like a far-off kinder garden class indulging in a free percussion period. But this cacophony of rope slapping hollow metal and the dull squeak of the slacking and tensing of tethers between wooden boat and wooden slip, is as welcome as the radiant sun. I am sailing on a boat with no name and this fact bothers me more than it should. As we motor out of the marina, the open sea looks ominous despite a confident sun. Suddenly we have company. Three sea kayaks sidle up along side us before dropping back to trail closely... Read More
Ashley Judd, a native daughter of Kentucky, dependably attends the Kentucky Derby as one of many celebrities who satisfy the stargazing needs of hardcore and casual racing fans alike. This year, Judd and others will be upstaged by actual royalty: Queen Elizabeth II. As part of a six-day trip to the United States that included visits to Colonial Williamsburg and Washington, D.C., the Queen and her husband, Prince Philip, will attend the 133rd running of the Derby. The staff at Churchill Downs, the legendary racetrack that hosts the Derby, has gone to great lengths to accommodate perhaps... Read More
Ernie Fazio was one of major league baseball’s very first bonus babies. He played two seasons for the fledgling Houston Colt .45’s, whom he signed with in 1962. He was the very first player signed by the team, just minutes before Rusty Staub. In 1963, he played semi-regularly for Houston, appearing in 102 games at second base, but batted only .184. In 1965, Fazio was traded to Charlie Finley and the Kansas City A’s, as the player to be named later in a trade that sent Jim Gentile to the Houston Astros for Jesse Hickman. Finley took Ernie under his wing, mainly because he liked his style... Read More
TNT broadcaster and NBA Hall of Famer Charles Barkley dissed the Bay Area recently, saying that he would rather live on Alcatraz than reside in either Oakland or San Francisco. He went on to say that he likes Sacramento more. Locals are fuming and want The Round Mound of Rebound’s large head on a platter. “I love it when they give me a hard time,” Barkley said. “I know that I’m getting a lot of love there now.” Bay Area radio and TV stations have received numerous complaints about Barkley’s remarks. People have created amusing photo shopped pictures of Barkley in a rowboat on... Read More
Part of what I get to do as a baseball historian and a member of The Society of American Research (SABR) is interview old retired MLB players. It is one of the joys of my life. I love hearing their old stories and learning about their careers. Here’s an interview I did with Gus Zernial recently at his home in Fresno, California. Gus Zernial’s greatest achievement in major league baseball was probably when he led the American League in home runs in 1951. He was a power-hitting outfielder who never played for a first division team, but he hit 237 career homers and batted .265. His nickname... Read More

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