Tom Verna: He Invented Instant Replay

There was a time when sports fans watching a live game on TV had no choice but to play close attention throughout. If they missed a spectacular play while reaching for the bowl of chips, they didn’t get a second chance to see it. TV sports director and producer Tony Verna changed that. Verna, who passed away on Jan. 18 at age 81, introduced the instant replay in 1963, basically videotaping the game and rerunning key moments to fill time …

Agnes McKee, 105, Becomes Oldest ‘First Pitcher’

Agnes McKee, 105, has become the oldest person ever to throw a ceremonial first pitch in a Major League Baseball game. McKee stepped on to the mound at Petco Park on July 20 before the hometown San Diego Padres took on the New York Mets. McKee, wearing her very own Padres jersey – number 105, of course – and cap, wowed the crowd with an impressive windup and underhand toss. According to Yahoo Sports, a member of the staff at …

Tony Gwynn, Baseball’s ‘Mr. Padre,’ Dies at 54

In college, Tony Gwynn read Boston Red Sox great Ted Williams’ how-to book, The Science of Hitting. It must have made an impression. The stocky left-handed outfielder, who died on June 16 at age 54 in Poway, Calif., went on to build the sort of baseball career with the San Diego Padres from 1982 to 2001 that little boys dream about. He won eight National League batting championships (tying Honus Wagner’s record), amassed 3,141 hits, had a .338 career batting …