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Ralph Kiner: The Slugger Who Became a Hit Behind the Mic

Posted on 02/7/2014 by | Who's News | Comments

LegacyAs a left fielder for the Pittsburgh Pirates, Chicago Cubs and Cleveland Indians in the 1940s and 1950s, Ralph Kiner was one of baseball’s greatest power hitters. Kiner, who died on Feb. 6 at age 91 in Rancho Mirage, Calif., led the National League in home runs seven straight times, and once clouted 54 of them in a season, more than even Willie Mays or Hank Aaron ever did. Kiner had another gift. In his second career as a TV announcer …

Take Him Out to the Ball Game

Posted on 01/8/2014 by | Latino Life | Comments

Your LifeJoe Price had just rolled back into town, looking weary but still possessing the excitable manner of a guy who might burst into song at any moment. He had just completed half a year on the road visiting 104 minor league baseball parks in 40 states, where he had sung America’s national anthem to start their games. It was a labor of love and academic duty. Price, who is 64, is a professor of religious studies at L.A.’s Whittier University, …

Lou Brissie: Baseball’s Wounded Warrior

Posted on 12/2/2013 by | Who's News | Comments

LegacyDuring World War II, major league baseball stars who were called up to serve in the military often got relatively cushy assignments, working as physical education trainers or playing in exhibition games to entertain their fellow troops. But not pitcher Lou Brissie, at the time a promising prospect coveted by the Philadelphia Athletics’ Connie Mack. After leaving South Carolina’s Presbyterian College to enlist in the Army, the 20-year-old corporal nearly lost his life on an Italian battlefield in 1944, when a …

Baseball Brings People (and Places) Together

Posted on 10/3/2013 by | AARP Education & Outreach | Comments

Great PlacesI am a lifelong baseball fan. I grew up going with my dad to Yankees Stadium and watching Whitey Ford throw fastballs. Decades later, when the Montreal Expos brought baseball back to Washington, D.C., and became the Nationals, I threw my support behind them. And even though my Nats didn’t live up to the media hype of this season, I’ll be with them through thick and thin. Over the past 20 years, cities across the country have been developing baseball …

All-Star Game Will Have Audience of One on Rooftop in Cuba

Posted on 07/16/2013 by | News, Culture, Sights and Sounds | Comments

Bulletin TodayMajor League Baseball’s young pitching phenom José Fernández, the sole Miami Marlin on tonight’s All-Star Game roster, is confident he’ll get the ball. “I talked to the pitching coach and most likely I’m pitching,” the rookie told the Miami Herald. “I don’t know what inning. But I’m good to go.” [Editor's note: That inning was the sixth, and Fernández mowed down the heart of the American League lineup 1-2-3] That’s going to make one fan very happy. Olga Fernández, 68, …

Stickball Hall of Fame Celebrates ‘Poor Man’s Baseball’

Posted on 07/16/2013 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Bulletin TodayTwo weeks before the Baseball Hall of Fame’s Class of 2013 is inducted in Cooperstown, N.Y., six athletes celebrated their own Hall of Fame inductions with a game of stickball, baseball’s scrappy, streetwise cousin. Veteran players gathered in an East Harlem schoolyard on July 12 to play the classic neighborhood sport, where broomsticks and manhole covers take the place of bats and bases. Another departure from baseball: Hall of Fame induction is based on bragging rights, not statistics. Stickball’s popularity …