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By Mangosuthu Buthelezi
Memories of a long brotherhood tempered in common struggle
Independent voices from the The Washington Times Communities
Topic - Whitey Ford
It's not quite, "A day that will live in infamy," or "One small step for man, one giant leap for mankind," but Reggie Jackson's words printed in the June 1977 issue of Sport magazine remain among the most powerful and defining quotes in all of sports.
Bruce Bochy wasn't willing to go with the small sampling size and make Yasiel Puig an All-Star, though he might have been tempted to change his mind after watching the rookie sensation do a little bit of everything in helping the Dodgers to a win Sunday in San Francisco.
Fifty years have passed and others have since broken the season home run record. To the families of Roger Maris and Mickey Mantle, Maris' 61 in 1961 remains the legitimate number.
As he started his windup to deliver a 1-1 pitch to Duke Snider, the rookie left-hander with the uncurly "W" on his uniform spotted the runner starting down the line from third base. Quickly, he hurled the ball to catcher Yogi Berra, who stepped outside and tagged Red Schoendienst in plenty of time.
Gene Monahan was still in high school when he showed up at spring training with the New York Yankees in 1962. His eyes were wide as he looked around the clubhouse.
Connecticut has a Final Four game against Notre Dame on Sunday night _ but that won't stop them from cheering on the men.
Andy Pettitte is going ahead with his decision to retire, leaving the New York Yankees with two huge holes in what appears to be a rather wobbly starting rotation.
Walt Dropo, who played 13 seasons in the majors and won the 1950 American League Rookie of the Year award with the Boston Red Sox, has died. He was 87.
Gil McDougald, an All-Star infielder who helped the New York Yankees win five World Series championships during the 1950s, has died. He was 82.
He was baseball's bombastic Boss. He rebuilt the New York Yankees dynasty, ushering in the era of multimillion-dollar salaries and accepting nothing less in return than World Series championships. He fired managers. Rehired them. And fired them again.
He was baseball's bombastic Boss.
"I liked the guy from the first moment I met him," Whitey Ford said.
He is expected to be a witness this summer at the trial of former teammate Roger Clemens, indicted on charges he lied to a congressional committee when he denied using performance-enhancing drugs.