This rite of passage involved a right,
1. Name the New York Mets relief pitcher who tore his right patellar tendon while celebrating Puerto Rico’s win over the Dominican Republic in the 2023 World Baseball Classic?
2. What 2000 Kentucky Derby winner was sold to a breeder for a record $70 million?
3. Name the left-footed punter who played for the Green Bay Packers (1983-84) and Minnesota Vikings (1987-89).
4. Racecar driver, designer, engineer and inventor Bruce McLaren hailed from what country?
5. In 1919, the Houston Buffaloes became the first minor league team to affiliate with a Major League Baseball club when they made ties with what team?
6. What boxing manager and trainer handled the careers of champions Floyd Patterson, Jose Torres and Mike Tyson?
7. What trophy is awarded annually to the most outstanding college football player who began their college career as a walk-on?
1. Edwin Diaz.
2. Fusaichi Pegasus.
3. Bucky Scribner.
4. New Zealand.
5. The St. Louis Cardinals.
6. Cus D’Amato.
7. The Burlsworth Trophy.
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Telegraph-Herald Sports Editor Jim Leitner’s excellent article on the recent passing of former Dubuque Packer baseball star “Deacon” Jones rekindled wonderful memories for yours truly. Jones passed away in mid May at age 89. He’s the only player in Midwest League history to hit .400.
In the mid 1970’s, I was three years into my sports broadcasting career, having taken over for KDTH radio Hall of Famer Gerald “Red” McAleece, a pioneer in covering live sports events with his play-by-play wit. The “Ole Redhead” covered the Midwest League Class “A” Dubuque Packers in the 50’s and 60’s, as did Pat Fleming who I broke in with at Petrakis Park on 4th street, ultimately sharing play-by-play responsibilities with Fleming’s son, Tim.
I had the pleasure of interviewing Deacon Jones a couple times on his swings through Dubuque when he served as hitting coach for the Houston Astros and San Diego Padres. Jones had an engaging personality, loved talking to the media and more so, the fans. His big broad smile fit well with his relaxing approach to the game. He told me he was always comfortable in the batters box and conveyed the how and why to the talent he tutored, including former Astros Hall of Famer, All Star and Dubuque Packer super star Terry Puhl. Puhl played one season with the Packers before hitting the fast track to a 15 year major league career. Deacon Jones positively affected many young players during his lengthy stint in professional baseball. We were blessed to have Jones and General Manager Johnny Petrakis put Dubuque on the baseball map, along with many others, including local talents Mike Weeber and Mike Fleming.
I’ve said often the last fifty years, that calling professional, college and high school baseball games in this town has made me a much more prepared and better play-by-play talent for Hawkeye football and basketball. With 20-30 seconds between pitches and endless rain delays, this great game forces you to develop a personality and imagination.
Red McAleece once told me, “Son, when calling a game, you better have a sense of humor if you want to keep your audience, because there will be days when you get your _____ kicked!” Red was right.
Grandpa’s Helmet was Worn by One of the Four Horsemen!
Maury, Grandpa heard a TV sports analyst commenting, recently, about great college football traditions. When he mentioned the four horsemen of Notre Dame, (ask your dad about them) I immediately thought of you because it caused me to think of a grade school memory which I think you’ll enjoy.
During the “roaring twenties” (mom & dad will explain) the Notre Dame football team had, probably the most famous backfield ever, called the “four horsemen.” One of them, the fullback, was Elmer Layden, who after his playing days became the football coach at Loras College in Dubuque (then Columbia) for a short time.
When Grandpa was in seventh grade in 1937 our grade school football coach was Fr. Albert Hoffmann. (He later became the “most decorated chaplain” of WWII). He “made me” his quarterback and gave me a book to read with the title “How to Play Quarterback”! He gave me an oral test (yes, Maury, on a Saturday morning!) to check on how much I had learned after reading it. Apparently I passed!
Fr. Hoffmann was a friend of the athletic director at Columbia College (his alma mater), who informed him that Elmer Layden, after leaving Columbia, left behind the helmet he had worn when playing for Notre Dame. When Fr. Hoffmann learned this he arranged with the athletic director to loan our football team the use of this helmet for the football season. As our coach, he told us that after every game he would name the most “outstanding player” on our team and that player would have the honor of wearing Elmer Layden’s helmet in the next game! Grandpa received that honor one week the following year when I was in eighth grade!
To this day Grandpa remembers how Fr. Hoffmann, our coach, used this to motivate us and how it felt wearing Elmer Layden’s helmet in a football game! Maury, hope you enjoyed this.
Much love, Grandpa