Perhaps the Kansas City Royals Hall of Fame executive board needs to be re-assessed. Curt Nelson of the Royals Hall of Fame seems to be the only one who appreciates the roots of the success in the Royals franchise. Sid Bordman, a former sportswriter for The Kansas City Star, wrote stories about the Royals from the team’s inception in 1968 and well past the first game in franchise history in 1969. But he has never been asked to be a part of the committee that considers those from the Royals’ early days. Consequently, some of the important early figures in the history of the Royals go unrecognized.
On the baseball diamond, the 88th All-Star game will be played with no World Series home field advantage on the line for the first time since 2002. So what’s really going on amid the All-Star break festivities in Miami? Most likely, a lot of text messages between GMs all over baseball and the Kansas City Royals are no exception. The non-waiver trading deadline is just around the corner.
Though the University of Florida is in search of its first national title in baseball, the Gators are playing in the best-of-three title series at the College World Series for their third time. Southeastern Conference foe LSU is no stranger to baseball championships as the NCAA’s team of the 90s. The Tigers, however, are playing in their first title series since 2009.
All in all, these two teams wear familiar colors at the College World Series while the teams located closer to Omaha struggle to get that far. Iowa and Nebraska made the 64-team bracket, but each failed to get past the first weekend. The most notable natives of either Iowa or Nebraska are linked to other programs in the College World Series.
Cleveland Cavaliers newcomer Kyle Korver connected on two free throws with 19 seconds left in Game 4 of the series-clinching win over the Indiana Pacers. It gave the Cavaliers a three-point lead, 105-102, before one final free throw by LeBron James sealed it. In Game 2 of the first-round series, Korver scored 12 points on four three-pointers in five attempts. On a championship caliber team, the former Creighton Bluejays standout is entering unexplored territory in his basketball career.
Baylor forward Ish Wainwright is making the best of his senior year with a Sweet 16 appearance, the first since his freshman season with the Bears in 2014. He helped his team with two important free throws to secure the lead against USC with 16 seconds left. Wainwright played two seasons at Montrose Christian Academy (Md.) after two seasons in the beleaguered Raytown South (Mo.) program where he caught the attention of Kansas coach Bill Self. While at Raytown South, Wainwright played under coach Brad Oestreich, who is suing the Raytown School District for wrongful termination and discrimination. Oestreich said he had nothing but good memories of Wainwright in his two years at Raytown South.