Potatoes, popcorn and a rabbit
1. What Pittsburgh Penguins goaltender set an NHL record for the longest unbeaten streak to begin a career, going 14-0-2 in his first 16 games during the 1996-97 season?
2. Left-handed pitcher Vida Blue won the AL Cy Young Award and was named AL MVP in 1971 as a member of what team?
3. What 7-foot 7-inch Romanian-born center played with the Washington Bullets (1993-97) and the New Jersey Nets (1998-2000)?
4. What boxer, known as the “Cincinnati Cobra,” amassed a 95-25-1 record in a pro career spanning 1940-59?
5. What three New York Yankees became the first players in MLB history to hit back-to-back-to-back home runs in the postseason when they did it versus the Cleveland Indians in Game 1 of the 1997 AL Division Series?
6. Cornelius “Dutch” Warmerdam held the world record in what athletic sport from 1940-57?
7. In 1975, who became the first African-American golfer to play in Masters tournament?
1. Patrick Lalime.
2. The Oakland A’s.
3. Gheorghe Muresan.
4. Ezzard Charles.
5. Tim Raines, Derek Jeter and Paul O’Neill.
6. Pole vault.
7. Lee Elder.
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The Iowa baseball team has been much hotter than the April weather. Coach Rick Heller’s Hawkeyes own a season best seven game winning streak after a double header sweep of Rutgers Saturday, 3-1 and 8-1, sparked by outstanding starting pitching from Drew Irvine and Cam Baumann. Irvine is a redshirt sophomore from Waukee. He tossed a complete seven inning game scattering six hits and lowering his ERA to 3.56. Irvine struck out five with no walks.
In the nightcap Baumann retired the first right hitters and pitched a complete game three hitter. Iowa’s allowed one earned run or fewer in the last six games. The Hawkeye’s win streak is their longest since 2019.
A nice crowd enjoyed the sunshine and Hawkeye football inside Kinnick stadium Saturday with the first of two scrimmages. It was the first public viewing of Coach Kirk Ferentz’s program since Covid struck in March of 2020. The hope is the venue will be allowed near full capacity by the time opening day arrives on September 4th when Iowa hosts Indiana and goes to work building on a six game win streak that ended last season.
There will be a second free admission scrimmage when spring drills end Saturday May 1st. Free parking will be allowed on all hard surface lots in and around Kinnick stadium.
Pile the kids in the car and once again enjoy a day with the Hawks in Iowa City.
Finally, congratulations and good luck to the Iowa women’s soccer team. The Hawkeyes and Wisconsin battled it out for the Big Ten Championship with Iowa winning their first Big Ten championship. Next up, it’s on to the NCAA tournament.
Have a great May.
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