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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 …

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 …

Deacon Jones: The Secretary of Defense

Posted on 06/4/2013 by | Who's News | Comments

LegacyWhen defensive end David “Deacon” Jones, who died on June 3 at age 74 in Southern California, joined the Los Angeles Rams in 1961 as an obscure 14th-round pick out of Mississippi Valley State, it was the derring-do of quarterbacks, running backs and receivers that put fans in the seats and kept them glued to the TV set. Jones helped to change that by making defense just as exciting. At 6 foot 5 and 270 pounds, Jones was an imposing …