posted: 08/20/2013 3:55 a.m.
Bobby Tiner could beat you many ways in various sports.
posted: 08/06/2013 4:25 a.m.
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.
posted: 07/30/2013 5:27 a.m.
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.
posted: 07/23/2013 5:15 a.m.
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.
posted: 07/09/2013 2:30 a.m.
A few weeks ago, welterweight boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. won a fight worth about $32 million.
posted: 07/02/2013 2:54 a.m.
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.
posted: 06/25/2013 4:02 a.m.
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.
posted: 06/18/2013 3:27 a.m.
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.
posted: 06/11/2013 3:09 a.m.
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.
posted: 06/04/2013 4:29 a.m.
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.
posted: 05/28/2013 2:41 a.m.
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.
posted: 05/21/2013 3:47 a.m.
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.
posted: 05/07/2013 3:14 a.m.
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.
posted: 04/30/2013 2:37 a.m.
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.
posted: 04/23/2013 3:23 a.m.
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.
posted: 04/16/2013 2:31 a.m.
Near 6 p.m. on the evening of Jan. 31, 1919, Jack Roosevelt Robinson was born somewhere near the Grady County town of Cairo in southern Georgia, a few miles north of the Florida state line.
posted: 04/09/2013 4:06 a.m.
MAGNOLIA — The past 33 or so baseball years have been so successful for the Southern Arkansas Muleriders that wishes of their home fans quite often are rewarded.
posted: 04/02/2013 4:12 a.m.
Sometime during April in 1952, while the Southern Arkansas University baseball team took batting practice, a man old enough to be called elderly parked his car and took a seat on one of the benches.
posted: 03/26/2013 4:03 a.m.
After more than 50 years, few people would recall that the Arkansas Tech Wonder Boys defeated the Southern Arkansas Muleriders 140-70 at Russellville on the final playing date of the 1953-1954 Arkansas Intercollegiate Conference basketball schedule.
posted: 03/19/2013 3:38 a.m.
Believe it or not, American boxing was made for heavyweights (many people used to insist), but that was before Germany started landing a lot of heavyweight title bouts.
posted: 03/12/2013 3:43 a.m.
There have been 55 annual Arkansas Sports Hall of Fame banquets since 1959.
posted: 03/05/2013 3:39 a.m.
Soon after the 2012 football season opened, veteran fans of the Great American Conference teams (previously known as the Arkansas Intercollegiate Conference) realized they’d never seen anything like this.
posted: 02/26/2013 3:35 a.m.
Rarely does the boxing industry turn up an undefeated pro fighter — especially a heavyweight champion — but Rocky Marciano managed it: 49 fights, 49 victories, 43 knockouts.
posted: 02/19/2013 2:53 a.m.
Some 12 to 15 years ago, as Arkansas Travelers General Manager Bill Valentine was preparing for a midsummer Ray Winder Field doubleheader, a farmer (who happened to be one of Valentine’s acquaintances ) drove up with a truck loaded with watermelons.
posted: 02/12/2013 3:40 a.m.
When Archie Moore was about 25 years into his boxing career, he paused long enough to insert a chapter in The Archie Moore Story, naturally dictated or written by Moore. The book was published in 1960 by McGraw-Hill, and chances are slim you can run across a copy these days.
posted: 02/05/2013 3:41 a.m.
The Arkansas Travelers’ first Class AAA team, in 1963, was only a modest success but it featured bombers like Dick Allen, Cal Emery and John Hernstein. That club hit more home runs than any previous Travs team, but the Philadelphia Phillies, who supplied the players and called the shots, assured the Travelers that 1964 would be different.
posted: 01/29/2013 3:44 a.m.
Ben Epstein was the sports editor of the Arkansas Gazette from some point in the mid-1930 s until 1943, when he went East and joined the New York Daily Mirror, which eventually assigned him to travel with the New York Yankees.
posted: 01/22/2013 3:05 a.m.
By now I’m sure you’ve noticed that two baseball Hall of Famers, Stan Musial, 92, and Earl Weaver, 82, died Saturday.
posted: 01/15/2013 4:05 a.m.
Former Arkansas Travelers General Manager Bill Valentine said recently, “It’s funny how sometimes you can develop a saying if the media picks it up and you continue to use it until the public accepts it.
posted: 01/08/2013 4:17 a.m.
Lynwood “Schoolboy” Rowe was pitching against the St. Louis Cardinals in the 1934 World Series, scarcely a year or so after graduating El Dorado High School.
posted: 01/01/2013 4:48 a.m.
Two far-apart generations of Razorbacks football fans, 1950 and 2012, started those seasons with high hopes and ended in despair. The 2012 record is sufficiently fresh in memory that no one should quibble about switching back 62 years.
posted: 12/25/2012 11:45 p.m.
Not at all recently, in fact some 50 years ago, a constable on patrol at Amagon in northeast Arkansas pulled over a college bus and handed out a speeding ticket.
posted: 12/18/2012 4:09 a.m.
Slightly more than 20 years ago, former Trumann middleweight contender Pete Mead issued a privately published boxing book, Blood, Sweat and Cheers. He surveyed the famous sluggers of his era in a chapter titled “The Best I Saw.”
posted: 12/11/2012 2:13 a.m.
The late John Barnhill possibly was the first Arkansas Razorbacks football coach to stir much interest in what his salary might be. Even by 1945 standards, it wasn’t much.
posted: 12/04/2012 3:42 a.m.
Of all the touchdowns I saw Donald Crews score for the Southern Arkansas Muleriders some 60 years ago, the two that most impressed me didn’t even count This was 1951, the year SAU finished its climb from a junior college to a four-year school. In a 9-1 season, the Muleriders lost only to McNeese (La.) State.
posted: 11/27/2012 3:53 a.m.
Few Americans can recite the names of the world heavyweight champions. (Yes, there are two of them, two natives of Ukraine.) Wladimir Klitschko holds three of the most recognized heavyweight belts.
posted: 11/20/2012 3:27 a.m.
The crossroads of Gaylen Pitts’ baseball career in the spring of 1969 caused him to regard it as his now or-never, make-or-break year. George Silvey, one of the St. Louis Cardinals overseers, thought Pitts needed another year in Class A, and intended to return him to Modesto, Calif.
posted: 11/13/2012 3:55 a.m.
A strong possibility exists that five Southern Arkansas University athletes set endurance records 60 years ago by playing 200 consecutive minutes across the span of five basketball games.
posted: 11/06/2012 3:56 a.m.
Some 35 years ago, an Arkansas Democrat sports columnist (who had never boxed seriously) sought a match with a pro bantamweight.
posted: 10/30/2012 3:53 a.m.
Superstar sluggers and pitchers are usually destined for the Baseball Hall of Fame. The late Gene Bearden had an incredible year as a left-handed knuckle ball pitcher with the Cleveland Indians in 1948.
posted: 10/23/2012 3:30 a.m.
Of the 14 major league baseball players whose lifetime average was .340 or better, the late Ted Williams was by far the most recent. And he retired 62 years ago.
posted: 10/16/2012 3:39 a.m.
Last year in the waning weeks of the 2011 season, not many St. Louis fans held much hope for a Cardinals’ club stumbling into September, 10 1/2 games behind. Somehow, though, the Cards not only reached the World Series but won it.
posted: 10/09/2012 3:20 a.m.
Some 60 years ago, Travis Foster enjoyed everything about baseball except striking out or walking.
posted: 10/02/2012 3:08 a.m.
It rarely required a hard-core boxing fan to inform anyone that Sugar Ray Robinson, who died at 67 in 1989, ranked “pound for pound” as the all-time greatest.
posted: 09/25/2012 3:21 a.m.
Some 10 or 12 years ago, I thought we’d heard the last of the disappearing baseball controversy. It seems, however, that during each decade, someone else surfaces, seeking the details. A phone call or postcard might do the trick.
posted: 09/18/2012 3:28 a.m.
When light heavyweight champion Archie Moore was battering 10 hapless challengers from 1952-1960, he grew bitter at the shrinkage of his empire.
posted: 09/11/2012 4:02 a.m.
Brooks Robinson signed a Baltimore contract when he graduated from Little Rock Central High School in 1955. A wise “birddog” signed Robinson for the Orioles.
posted: 09/04/2012 3 a.m.
No World Series game has been played in Washington, D.C., since Oct. 7, 1933, when the New York Giants closed out the Washington Senators in five games. Nowadays, with 30 big-league clubs operating, the Washington Nationals and Cincinnati Reds are the only big-league teams playing.600 baseball.
posted: 08/28/2012 3:47 a.m.
Some basketball heroes of the Arkansas Intercollegiate Conference in the 1950s (Deward Dopson, E.C. O’Neal, J.P. Lovelady, Ken Saylors, Jimmy Culp, etc.) had to wait, but eventually were acknowledged by Arkansas Sports Hall of Fame inductions.
posted: 08/21/2012 3:10 a.m.
On July 25, 2011, Sports Illustrated noted that “the Pittsburgh Pirates shared the National League Central Division, tied with the St. Louis Cardinals and tied for the first time since 1997.”