Like a lot of 12-year-olds, Dawson Batts loves to play baseball. What sets him apart, though, is that he was born without a left arm. But that hasn't stopped the Fayetteville, North Carolina, tween from excelling on the diamond.
Last weekend, Dawson played in the National Youth Baseball Championships All-Star Challenge. (He was there representing MVP Nations Baseball.) He got some time at the plate and got in an at-bat. How'd he do? Watch and see:
Hope you liked all the outdoor hockey the NHL played last season — it looks like it's back for an encore.
In mid-June, the league announced the Washington Capitals would host the Chicago Blackhawks on January 1 in the 2015 Winter Classic. And yesterday, the first game in the 2015 Stadium Series was added to the schedule. The San Jose Sharks will be the home team when they face the Stanley Cup-champion Los Angeles Kings in an outdoor game on February 21. It will be played at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, California, which is the new home of the San Francisco 49ers.
From Wookie first pitches to minor leaguers dressed like droids, baseball clearly has an unhealthy obsession with Star Wars. So it was only a matter of time before someone got around to Force-ifying the 32 Major League Baseball logos. And the one to do it is Mark Avery-Kenny, the designer who reimagined NHL logos as Simpsons characters. LIke his last set, his Star Wars baseball logos are a home run (sigh). He posted them all on his Instagram page, but here are a few of our favorites:
When the NBA season tips off this fall, Tim Duncan and Tony Parker will receive some pointers from a six-time WNBA All-Star.
On Tuesday, the San Antonio Spurs announced Becky Hammon as an assistant coach, making her the first full-time female member of an NBA coaching staff.
Nathan Whitaker is a New York Times-bestselling author who has co-authored books with Tony Dungy, Tim Tebow, and sportscaster James Brown. He's also worked with two NFL teams: the Jacksonville Jaguars and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Now Mr. Whitaker has begun a “new chapter" with Snap Decision, his first young adult novel!
The book tells the story of the junior varsity and varsity football teams at Archie F. Carr School, in Lincoln, Florida. The primary characters in the book are 8th grade neighbors and best friends Chase Clark and Tripp Stevens. Chase plays for the junior varsity team and Tripp is on the varsity team. But after showing flashes of promise, Chase is invited to practice with the varsity team, dress with them on game days, and watch games from the sidelines.
At one of the games, Tripp gets tackled, and he hits his head on the turf. Hard. Nobody really knows or saw what happened to Tripp — except for Chase, who was standing only a few feet away. If the coaches find out that Tripp hit his head, then he will be benched for the rest of the season. But that would only happen if Chase told the coaches.
To find out if Chase tells the coaches about Tripp's fall, you'll have to read Snap Decision. But first, check out my interview with Whitaker about the book, his experience as a writer, and what sport he'd like to tackle next!
SABR 44 wrapped up on Saturday with the most anticipated day of the conference for many attendees because two panels were held at Minute Maid Park, the home of the Houston Astros. The first was a fun storytelling panel, and the second was a bit more focused on the analytical side of the game.
The first panel was moderated by Astros broadcaster Bill Brown (the TV voice of the Astros for almost 30 years) and featured Larry Dierker, Alan Ashby, and Art Howe. Dierker spoke about one of the greatest thrills of his life, which was striking out legend Willie Mays when Dierker was only 18. They also shared their stories about how they got to the majors.