The National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York, welcomed six new members yesterday. Pitching greats Greg Maddux and Tom Glavine and The Big Hurt Frank Thomas went in as players, and they were joined by three legendary managers: Joe Torre, Tony La Russa, and Bobby Cox.
"It's obviously the biggest honor you can give to a ballplayer," Maddux said. "My goal as a baseball player was very simple -- all I wanted to do was try and get better for my next start. And to think it all ended up here is pretty cool."
Sunday's induction ceremony was a huge moment in the lives of all six men. But Thomas found it hard to contain all the emotion, delivering one of the most touching speeches you'll ever hear:
If ever there was a time for the Big Hurt to have a Big Cry, this was it.
Back in January, we ran down the credentials of the three players now enshrined in Cooperstown. Catch up with that story below.
Injuries are a part of sports. But it still hurts to see someone go down — especially when it's a giant pierogi.
If you go to a Pirates game at PNC Park in Pittsburgh, you'll get a Pierogy Race to go with your baseball. Every home game, Oliver Onion, Jalapeno Hannah, Sauerkraut Saul, and Cheese Chester ham it up for the fans. They run into the park from the outfield, dash along the warning track, and one giant potato-stuffed dough pocket is declared the winner.
As of Wednesday, Sauerkraut Saul is tied with Jalapeno Hannah and Oliver Onion for first with 14 wins. Cheese Chester has 13 wins and looked to be on the way to his 14th on Wednesday. Then everything went horribly, horribly wrong:
Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll led the team to a Super Bowl victory over the Broncos this past February. For our July issue, SI Kids talked with Carroll about his responsibility as a teacher, motivational tools that work, and one speaker in particular who gave his team an unforgettable pep talk.
I am currently taking part in a fantasy baseball league that is based on sabermetrics as well as regular statistics. The goal of the league is to compare two teams’ performances based on the different stats and see how they can match up.
The idea to do a sabermetrics fantasy league was brought up a couple years ago by Vince Gennaro, the President of SABR who also advises MLB teams about how to use sabermetrics. He had some college students who were SABR interns start the league, but my friend Max Melamed and I wanted to see how the league would play out depending on which stats were used for the rosters. Max is a10th grader in New York City at the same school I go to, and he started the first ever SABR sabermetrics Club with other baseball and stats fans and his math teacher as their advisor. One of the other participants, Tom Hoffmeister, is an 11th grade student from Baltimore whom I met last summer at SABR 43 at the baseball card session then caught up with again at this spring’s Analytics conference in Phoenix.
Earlier this week, Maya Moore took time out of her very busy July schedule to score 48 points — the second most in WNBA history.
On Tuesday night, Moore led her Minnesota Lynx in a double-overtime win against the Atlanta Dream, 112-108. Moore made 16 of 30 attempts and went 7-9 from the three-point line. Her huge night gave her the second highest points total in league history, behind Riquna Williams’ 51 points last season for the Tulsa Shock. (Moore's stat line also included 10 rebounds, four assists, two steals, and one block.)
Her mindset was simple: “If it’s my shot and I’m open, shoot the ball,” Moore said. “If it’s not, pass to an open teammate.”
Having a hard time accepting that World Cup is over? Then you might want to check out the 2014 RoboCup, happening this week in Brazil. Just don’t expect any tears or flops from these robot competitors!
LeBron James never went to college — he jumped to the NBA straight from high school. But in his essay about why he decided to return to Cleveland, LeBron said his four years in Miami were “almost like college for other kids.”
King James’ time with the Heat was not without its ups and downs, just like a normal college experience. So that got us thinking about what his four years in Miami would look like if here were actually attending college — let’s call it Heat University.
Here’s what we came up with: