Former major leaguer and Negro Leagues ballplayer Ernie Banks, basketball legend and Emporia, Kan., native Dean Smith and former President Bill Clinton were three of 16 recipients on Wednesday of the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
The St. Louis Cardinals revealed on Wednesday they have agreed to a three-year contract extension with manager Mike Matheny.
Detroit Tigers slugger Miguel Cabrera won the American League Most Valuable Player award for the second straight year Thursday. Cabrera won by a comfortable margin Thursday, getting 23 of 30 first-place votes from members of the Baseball Writers’ Association of America. Angels outfielder Mike Trout was second — again — and the Pirates’ Andrew McCutchen won the NL award.
To receive the Buck ONeil Legacy Award meant as much or more to Rick Sutcliffe than any of the awards he earned as a player. I am a much better person because of getting to know Buck ONeil, Sutcliffe said. Honestly, every time I hear his name, it changes you. It takes away, if there is any, anger or hate. You just want to go help somebody.
Detroit right-hander Max Scherzer, a Missouri alum, was a runaway winner Wednesday as the American Leagues Cy Young Award winner after a dominant season in which he went 21-3 with a 2.90 ERA. Los Angeles right-hander Clayton Kershaw won the National Leagues Cy Young Award for the second time in three seasons Wednesday after compiling a 1.83 ERA in 33 starts while going 16-9.
On a recent spring afternoon, John Schmiedeler, 82, sat down with his baseball-loving grandson, Matthew, to reveal to him a bit of family history about the All-Star Game.
On the first night of July 1951, the Carthage Cubs shuffled onto rickety buses that would take them from Jaycee Park to the YMCA in Pittsburg, Kan. Their manager barked at them for losing both games of a doubleheader to the Pittsburg Browns.