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Tiner, 1-of-a-kind master of many trades

posted: 08/20/2013 3:55 a.m. Discuss

Bobby Tiner could beat you many ways in various sports.

Veteran coach Parker still going strong

posted: 08/06/2013 4:25 a.m. Discuss

Jimmy “Red” Parker bobbled a ball at second base — he rarely did such a thing — and W.T. Watson of Southern Arkansas was safe at first base. Then Watson bunted. Carter Tarkington lined a long single to left field, scoring the run that made the difference between the Southern State Muleriders and the Monticello Boll Weevils.

COMMENTARY: Braves cool off Cards, for the moment

posted: 07/30/2013 5:27 a.m. Discuss

Shortly after the 20th century turned, when the St. Louis Cardinals started winning pennants at a more rapid rate, some baseball expert pegged the Redbirds “the wave of the future” or something similar. And sure enough, St. Louis now chases 19 pennants, which would be the most in the National League.

Arkansas pitchers proving tough to hit

posted: 07/23/2013 5:15 a.m. Discuss

Veteran, skillful, well-traveled, left-handed Cliff Lee (Benton, Arkansas Razorbacks) has spent several years residing in Arkansas while earning his considerable money with the National League’s Philadelphia Phillies. He was at least that tough while pitching for Cleveland, Seattle and Texas in the American League.

Yearning for the days of Jersey Joe

posted: 07/09/2013 2:30 a.m. Discuss

A few weeks ago, welterweight boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. won a fight worth about $32 million.

Ingram engraved name on local lore

posted: 07/02/2013 2:54 a.m. Discuss

By the age of 82, James (Sonny) Ingram of North Little Rock had collected 100 or more victories over amateur boxers in various tournaments. From 1952, when he first attracted attention in the ring, he brushed it off. This was about seven years before he decided to turn professional.

Robinson’s return stirs memories

posted: 06/25/2013 4:02 a.m. Discuss

Brooks Robinson played baseball at Lamar Porter Field, and Bill Valentine umpired there, and both were on hand several days ago for a bountiful fund-raising effort.

Hall calls for all-hit, no-field Jolley

posted: 06/18/2013 3:27 a.m. Discuss

Had the baseball rules been changed during the third decade of the 20th century, Smead Powell Jolley could have been turned into a designated hitter almost immediately.

Cardinals soar in supertough Central

posted: 06/11/2013 3:09 a.m. Discuss

The way they are playing, it seems as though the St. Louis Cardinals, Cincinnati Reds and Pittsburgh Pirates should be in a virtual tie atop the National League Central.

Cathey lacked size, not confidence

posted: 06/04/2013 4:29 a.m. Discuss

When Elmer Smith retired as a football coach, he spent much of a year privately publishing his memories in This Really Happened. He wrote this about his favorite tailback Grady Cathey: “In the fall of 1949 we had 108 players report, an unusual number for a small school,” Smith wrote. “Among them was Grady Cathey, a 140-pound halfback from Smackover. The first day I would not give him a uniform.

Wilson’s Tigers still proud, still gather

posted: 05/28/2013 2:41 a.m. Discuss

In the middle to late summer, some 25 years ago, it became customary for one of the younger employees at the University of Arkansas to drive Coach Wilson Matthews to a reunion of his former high school athletes on a Saturday evening in Little Rock.

Robinson, 76, not one to give up easily

posted: 05/21/2013 3:47 a.m. Discuss

Brooks Robinson has spent the past several years recovering from several grim injuries and illnesses, but in the middle of last week, he said confidently in a phone interview, “I’m coming around, I’m getting better. I’m on the way.” He has never been an athlete who rested on the bench. From 1960-1974, for example, his averaged nearly 157 games per season. He has been a Hall of Famer since 1983.

COMMENTARY: Winning makes Mayweather rich

posted: 05/07/2013 3:14 a.m. Discuss

No wonder fight promoters can’t resist shoveling millions of dollars toward Floyd Mayweather, Jr., as long as he wins all 44 of his matches.

Arkansas was home to many solid trainers

posted: 04/30/2013 2:37 a.m. Discuss

At the age of 23 in 1971, Tom Hankins was barely back from Vietnam when he registered for an amateur boxing tournament. He didn’t win that one but he came close. “All I did,” he said recently, “was to run for endurance and speed.” Another major tournament was on the way, and he won that one. In 1973, he won the Golden Gloves championship.

Hudlin stirred Travs’ pot during wartime

posted: 04/23/2013 3:23 a.m. Discuss

Willis Hudlin, a long-time Cleveland Indians pitcher, retired in 1940 and looked forward to settling down as “a chicken rancher” near Hot Springs. Instead, Arkansas Travelers General Manager Ray Winder talked him into pitching for the Travs in 1941, and managing them in 1942. And 1942 was a good year.

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