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Tales from NBA Draft History

We are at that time of year again. The NFL draft is finished, and the NBA draft has next. The NBA draft is all the rage. Prospects are dissected, analyzed, and compared to heroes of yesteryear. There is the pre-draft camp, the endless talk show hustle as well as fantasy drafts. Preceded by hype, hope and hoopla, the NBA Draft finally arrives with a cast of hundreds of personalities, nationally televised hour after hour. And then there is the endless post-draft commentary. Continue reading

History Highlights for May 2 — Players Soon to Be Lost/Grand Slams

There is plenty of note that took place in the Yankee 5-1 win over Seattle on May 2, 2008, but I was shook to see that the games-left counter in the Stadium was reduced from 69 to 68 by none other than the beloved Bobby Murcer, whose subsequent passing shook the most stoic of Yankee fans to their emotional core. (I was right to be stunned; Bobby would not live to see that August.) In the game, Chien-Ming Wang threw a beauty, allowing the run on just three hits and one walk through six. Melky Cabrera had a two-run double. Continue reading

History Highlights for May 1

May 1, 1996, was the second day of my best trip to Baltimore ever, as the Yanks beat the Birds in 15 innings and five hours and 43 minutes, grabbing a first place position in the AL East they would never relinquish. Andy Pettitte, hammered in his start the day before, got the win in relief, Tino Martinez finally overcame Yankee fans’ reluctance to accept a Don Mattingly replacement at first with the game-winning grand slam, and Bernie Williams and Gerald Williams collected five and six hits, respectively. Continue reading

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