Category Archives: The Vault

Active Coaches Who Beat Bill Self at Allen Fieldhouse Are Dwindling

By Ian Echlin

College basketball fans remember Steve Fisher for coaching the Fab Five at Michigan. But Kansas Jayhawk fans will remember Fisher with San Diego State as a scrape on Bill Self’s home record at Allen Fieldhouse – like a healed scar. Continue reading Active Coaches Who Beat Bill Self at Allen Fieldhouse Are Dwindling

Bob Boozer Remembered at College Basketball Hall of Fame Celebration

By Greg Echlin

If only Bob Boozer could have made it this year to hear his name mentioned with Dominique Wilkins, Jamaal Wilkes and Mark Aguirre among others in the 2016 class of the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame, he would have basked in the moment. Continue reading Bob Boozer Remembered at College Basketball Hall of Fame Celebration

Memorial Service Held For Ballplayer Who Lived to 100

By Greg Echlin

While America went to the polls for Election Day, a memorial service attended by around 150 friends and family was held in small-town Ringling, Okla., for former major leaguer and Navy veteran Eddie Carnett who died shortly after he turned 100. Continue reading Memorial Service Held For Ballplayer Who Lived to 100

World Series Title Follows Joe Tinker Celebration In Kansas Hometown

By Greg Echlin

A part of history for the 1908 World Series Champion Chicago Cubs started in the small town Muscotah, Kansas, the hometown of Hall of Fame shortstop Joe Tinker. “Joe Tinker Day,” an event organized by the Kansas Sampler Foundation, featured descendants of the Cubs shortstop, a vintage baseball game and a billy goat.

With the billy goat in attendance, the Tinker relatives made their attempt to reverse the curse on the Cubs.   As the Cubs’ World Series drought ends in 2016, the Tinker descendants can finally be relieved.

Check out the full 2013 story here

Tinker with goat
Chris Tinker makes peace with a goat to end the curse on the Cubs. Tinker has a Joe Tinker baseball card inked into his arm.

A Goat Doesn’t Throw or Hit in the World Series

By Ian Echlin  and Greg Echlin

If only Andy Pafko were around today…

One of the most popular figures in Cubs history not named Ernie Banks would have seen what he always believed:  Good baseball overrules any curse.  It didn’t matter if it were a billy goat or Bartman.  Continue reading A Goat Doesn’t Throw or Hit in the World Series

Baseball Hall of Famer With Northwest Missouri Roots

By Ian Echlin

A Northwest Missouri man leaves a legacy pressed in the Baseball Hall of Fame. The small town guy lived thankful for his career playing professional baseball. From the small town in Missouri to the small town of Cooperstown, N.Y. baseball fans find the story of a historic baseball career.

A family portrait of the Wheat family. Photo provided by Alan Wheat
A family portrait of the Wheat family. Photo provided by Alan Wheat

“This is one of the great moments of my life. I’m here on my first visit and I saw a lot of things at the Hall of Fame which brought back memories. It is a beautiful setting for this sort of thing. I’d like to take this occasion to thank everyone for everything,” Zack Wheat said during his induction ceremony in 1959.

He grew up in the country, near Polo, Mo. (Population: 575), and he always wanted to play professional baseball. The stretch of Missouri Highway 13 crossing through Caldwell County and Polo is dedicated as the Zack Wheat Memorial Highway, and at a young age he rode that highway out of town to play semi-pro baseball in Kansas, Louisiana, and Alabama.

In 1909 Wheat signed a Major League contract at age 21 with the Brooklyn franchise, the Suberbas. Charlie Ebbets was the president of the franchise destined to be called the Dodgers, and as the financier he built Ebbets Field in 1912. Wheat spent most of his 18 year career playing at Ebbets Field in Brooklyn, N.Y. He played with some of the greats – Honus Wagner, Jimmie Foxx, and Cy Young. Many legends were made in this era, Wheat included.

“He always loved the Dodgers. Baseball was a lifelong dream he got to fulfill,” Zachary Alan Wheat, the great grandson of Zack Wheat, said. Continue reading Baseball Hall of Famer With Northwest Missouri Roots