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A New York man is facing drug trafficking charges after authorities seized more than 3 kilograms of fentanyl from a truck he was driving in the parking lot of a Market Basket store in Woburn, Massachusetts.

The truck driver, Kelvin Jimenez, 28, of the Bronx, New York, was taken into custody Thursday by Woburn police detectives and members of the Southern Middlesex Regional Drug Task Force.

Authorities said that after receiving information that a large amount of fentanyl was going to be delivered to the Market Basket plaza, units were deployed.

As a result, Jimenez was arrested for trafficking and the truck he was driving was seized.

Police said the approximate weight of the fentanyl seized was 3,238 grams.

It’s unclear when Jimenez will be arraigned or if he has an attorney.

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The Royals have released outfielder Tyler Collins, according to Rustin Dodd of The Athletic (via Twitter). He was playing at the organization’s top affiliate on a minor-league deal.

Collins, 27, had seen MLB action over the past four seasons with the Tigers. He has had his share of opportunities, but has only managed a .235/.299/.380 slash in 552 plate appearances in the majors.

It seemed that Collins might have a shot at earning some time in the K.C. outfield mix, but he turned in a tepid performance in the Cactus League. And he never got going at Triple-A Omaha, where he has managed just seven base hits — all singles — in his 62 plate appearances.

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President Donald Trump wanted to get his hands on Air Force slugger Nic Ready last week.

“I want to feel this guy’s muscles,” Trump joked as he invited Ready on stage during his graduation speech at Falcon Stadium. Ready was alerted to expect a shoutout as Trump referenced his record-breaking performance last summer at the college baseball home run derby.

He didn’t expect that.

“I was told to just real quickly stand up, give a simple wave and then sit down and shut up for the rest of the ceremony,” Ready said. “Obviously the way it unfolded went a little different and he went a little freestyle off the script and decided to pull me up on the stage. Took me completely by surprise when he did that.”

It was a pleasant surprise, to be sure. His mom cried. He received stunned reactions from friends and he’ll have a story to share for the rest of his life.

With the Major League Baseball Draft beginning Monday, Ready is hoping to be pleasantly surprised again if a team similarly decides it wants to get its hands on the Falcons’ all-time home run leader.

Ready is not alone in that that hope among players in the Pikes Peak region as this could turn into the most prolific baseball draft the area has ever seen.

Pine Creek pitching phenom Riley Cornelio is rated as the No. 20 high school prospect in the nation by Baseball Factory and No. 86 overall according to MLB.com.

Assignments for Air Force athletes from the Class of 2019: Where they are going
The area has seen players taken early in the draft in recent years – Air Force pitcher Griffin Jax went in the third round in 2016 and Pike Creek’s Ryan Warner went to the Rockies in the third round in 2012. But never have potential picks like Cornelio and Ready been eligible in the same year for this area often stigmatized because of the cold weather that restricts the baseball calendar.

Cornelio said that stigma works to his advantage as a pitcher, as his arm doesn’t carry the wear and tear of some from areas that play year-round. Four or five scouts attended nearly all of his games this year and many more had the chance to see him play last year for Team USA’s under-18 squad.

He faced some of the top projected picks in this year’s draft, including Bobby Witt, Jr., Riley Greene and CJ Abrams, and he felt he fared well.

The No. 86 pick has a budgeted slot bonus of $699,700, a potential figure Cornelio might have to weigh against a scholarship to play at TCU.

“I think we have talked it over and that when that day comes, hopefully we’re going to make the best decision,” said Cornelio, whose advising team largely consists of his parents, John and Stephanie Cornelio, and Blake Hawksworth, who works with famed agent Scott Boras. “I don’t want to say anything too much right now with it only a day away, but we feel like we’ve put ourselves in a good position over these next few days.”

Ready, whose father, Randy, played 13 years in the major leagues, is projected to go anywhere from the sixth to 22nd round and has already submitted paperwork to serve under the World Class Athlete Program. That program allows qualified athletes to serve on active duty with the assignment of training for a possible spot on an Olympic team. Ready could serve in that capacity through June 2020, when the team is selected for that summer’s games in Tokyo.

He didn’t use his chance meeting with Trump as an opportunity to prod the president further on his suggestion a month ago to Army football coach Jeff Monken that he might alter the policy and allow service academy athletes to defer active-duty service to pursue professional sports.

Ready, who will go to South Carolina as a logistics officer if his baseball plan hits a snag, joked that his brief handshakes with Trump didn’t allow time for policy discussion.

“I didn’t want to make any quick movements,” the third baseman who owns Air Force’s records in home runs and RBIs said. “You might get shot up there.

“If Trump wants to reverse that decision it would only help me out down the road.”

Air Force could potentially have two players drafted, as 6-foot-8 pitcher Jake Gilbert and his 96-mph fastball could draw enough interest to cause him to delay his pilot training slot to pursue the World Class Athlete Program.

The draft begins at 5 p.m. Monday with the first two rounds on MLB Network and MLB.com. Rounds 3-10 will begin at 11 a.m. Tuesday on MLB.com, with rounds 11-40 being starting at 10 a.m. Wednesday on MLB.com.

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PHILLIES — Johnny Lush (18 years, 336 days on Sept. 8, 1904)

Lush played games in his first season in 1904 as a first baseman, outfielder and pitcher. He hit two career home runs, and both were in 1904 while playing first base — and they were within a few days of each other, on Sept. 8 and 12. Not only that, both of the home runs were of the inside-the-park variety. The first was at the New York Giants, off Claude Elliott.

Runners-up: Ted Kazanski (19-175), Sherry Magee (20-33)

NL CENTRAL

BREWERS — Robin Yount (18 years, 209 days on April 13, 1974)

The future Hall of Famer homered in his sixth career game off the Orioles’ Ross Grimsley. Oddly enough, Yount’s first two homers both came off Grimsley, even though one was in mid-April and the next was in mid-June. Yount went on to hit 251 career home runs, win two MVP Awards and was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1999.

Runners-up: Darrell Porter (19-240), Gary Sheffield (19-296)

CARDINALS — Dick Schofield (18 years, 221 days on Aug. 16, 1953)

Schofield played for 19 years, amassing 3,545 plate appearances, but hit just 21 home runs in his career. His first one was historic for the franchise, though, as he hit it as an 18-year-old. He hit that first home run in Cincinnati off Frank Smith, in his 13th career game.

Runners-up: Bunny Hearn (19-142), Tim McCarver (19-270)

CUBS — Danny Murphy (18 years, 21 days on Sept. 13, 1960)

Murphy played outfield initially in his career, then finished up his final two seasons as a pitcher — but this home run, of course, came while he was an outfielder at just 18 years old. He actually debuted as a 17-year-old that year, but didn’t go yard until after his Aug. 23 birthday. His first home run came in his 21st career game. He hit it off the Reds’ Bob Purkey, a three-run home run to give the Cubs the lead in a game in Cincinnati. Murphy hit four career home runs, including his fourth and final one as a pitcher in 1970.

Runners-up: Phil Cavarretta (18-68), Harry Chiti (19-165)

PIRATES — Bobby Del Greco (19 years, 63 days on June 9, 1952)

The 19-year-old hit his first career home run in his 49th career game off the Boston Braves’ Jim Wilson. Del Greco finished his career with 42 home runs, three of which he hit for the Pirates, in 1952 and 1956.

Runners-up: Lee Walls (19-217), Dale Coogan (19-314)

REDS — Pete Schneider (19 years, 29 days on Sept. 18, 1914)

Schneider was a pitcher, but he managed five home runs in his career, including this one as a 19-year-old in 1914. He homered off the Giants’ Art Fromme, knocking an inside-the-park home run. Three of his five career home runs were inside-the-parkers. He finished his career with 16 home runs allowed.

Runners-up: Ted Tappe (19-224), Curt Flood and Vada Pinson (19-250)

NL WEST

D-BACKS — Justin Upton (19 years, 347 days on Aug. 7, 2007)

The only home run as a teenager of Upton’s career was this one, in his first home game and fifth overall game in 2007. He went yard off the Pirates’ Tom Gorzelanny, one of two home runs he’d hit that season. Upton and his brother, Melvin Upton Jr., each hold the record for the youngest home run for a franchise — Justin for the D-backs and Melvin for the Rays.

Runners-up: Gerardo Parra (22-7), Karim Garcia (22-153)

DODGERS — Tommy Brown (17 years, 257 days on Aug. 20, 1945)

Brown isn’t just the youngest Dodgers player to hit a home run in the Modern Era, he’s the youngest for any team in the Modern Era, as he’s the only one to go deep as a 17-year-old. Brown’s first homer came off the Pirates’ Preacher Roe. What’s even wackier than a 17-year-old homering? Brown debuted in 1944, at 16 years, 241 days old, so he could’ve done so at an even younger age, theoretically. He played in 46 games in 1944, but tallied just four extra-base hits, all doubles.

Runners-up: Adrian Beltre (19-84), Don Drysdale (20-48)

GIANTS — Mel Ott (18 years, 138 days on July 18, 1927)

Ott debuted at 17, but didn’t homer until he was 18, in his second season in the Majors. His first home run was an inside-the-parker off the Cubs’ Hal Carlson. He’d go on to hit 511 home runs in his career, which makes him one of 27 players to reach the 500-homer plateau, though when he hit No. 500, he was the first National League player to accomplish the feat.

Runners-up: Whitey Lockman (18-345), Fred Merkle (19-186)

PADRES — Roberto Alomar (20 years, 85 days on April 30, 1988)

Alomar’s first home run came off the Pirates’ Bob Kipper at Jack Murphy Stadium. Alomar hit 210 home runs in his Hall of Fame career, including 22 with the Padres. Earlier this season, Fernando Tatis Jr. became the second-youngest player to homer for the Padres, narrowly missing out on edging Alomar as he was four days older.

Runners-up: Fernando Tatis Jr. (20-89), Jerry Morales (20-204)

ROCKIES — Roberto Mejia (21 years, 100 days on July 23, 1993)

This Rockies record still stands from the team’s first year of existence in 1993. Mejia hit just 10 home runs in his career, all of them in a Rockies uniform, but he certainly hit them at a young age. The 21-year-old took Allen Watson of the Cardinals deep for his first career home run. His other four home runs in 1993 came off some pretty nifty company: Curt Schilling, Tim Wakefield, Trevor Hoffman and Tom Glavine.

Runners-up: Troy Tulowitzki (21-329), Nolan Arenado (22-13)

Sarah Langs is a reporter/editor for MLB.com based in New York. Follow her on Twitter @SlangsOnSports.

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Checklist
1949 Bowman Baseball Checklist
240 cards.
1 Vern Bickford RC
2 Whitey Lockman
3 Bob Porterfield RC
4 Jerry Priddy RC
5 Hank Sauer
6 Phil Cavarretta RC
7 Joe Dobson RC
8 Murry Dickson RC
9 Ferris Fain
10 Ted Gray RC
11 Lou Boudreau RC
12 Cass Michaels RC
13 Bob Chesnes RC
14 Curt Simmons RC
15 Ned Garver RC
16 Al Kozar RC
17 Earl Torgeson RC
18 Bobby Thomson
19 Bobby Brown RC
20 Gene Hermanski RC
21 Frank Baumholtz RC
22 Harry “P-Nuts” Lowrey RC
23 Bobby Doerr
24 Stan Musial
25 Carl Scheib RC
26 George Kell
27 Bob Feller
28 Don Kolloway RC
29 Ralph Kiner
30 Andy Seminick
31 Dick Kokos RC
32 Eddie Yost RC
33 Warren Spahn
34 Dave Koslo
35 Vic Raschi RC
36 Pee Wee Reese
37 Johnny Wyrostek
38 Emil Verban
39 Billy Goodman
40 Red Munger RC
41 Lou Brissie RC
42 Walter Evers RC
43 Dale Mitchell
44 Dave Philley RC
45 Wally Westlake RC
46 Robin Roberts RC
47 Johnny Sain
48 Willard Marshall
49 Spec Shea
50 Jackie Robinson
51 Herm Wehmeier
52 Johnny Schmitz RC
53 Jack Kramer RC
54 Marty Marion
55 Eddie Joost
56 Pat Mullin RC
57 Gene Bearden RC
58 Bob Elliott
59 Jack Lohrke
60 Yogi Berra
61 Rex Barney
62 Grady Hatton RC
63 Andy Pafko
64 Dom DiMaggio
65 Enos Slaughter
66 Elmer Valo
67 Alvin Dark
68 Sheldon Jones
69 Tommy Henrich
70 Carl Furillo RC
71 Vern Stephens
72 Tommy Holmes RC
73 Billy Cox RC
74 Tom McBride RC
75 Eddie Mayo RC
76 Bill Nicholson RC
77 Ernie Bonham RC
78 Sam Zoldak RC
79 Ron Northey RC
80 Bill McCahan
81 Virgil “Red” Stallcup RC
82 Joe Page
83 Bob Scheffing RC
84 Roy Campanella RC
85 Johnny Mize
86 Johnny Pesky
87 Randy Gumpert RC
88 Bill Salkeld RC
89 Mizel Platt RC
90 Gil Coan RC
91 Dick Wakefield RC
92 Willie Jones RC
93 Ed Stevens RC
94 James Vernon RC
95 Howie Pollet RC
96 Taft Wright
97 Danny Litwhiler RC
98 Phil Rizzuto
99 Frank Gustine RC
100 Gil Hodges RC
101 Sid Gordon
102 Stan Spence RC
103 Joe Tipton RC
104 Eddie Stanky RC
105 Bill Kennedy RC
106 Jake Early RC
107 Eddie Lake RC
108 Ken Heintzelman RC
109 Ed Fitz Gerald RC
110 Early Wynn RC
111 Red Schoendienst
112 Sam Chapman
113 Ray Lamanno RC
114 Allie Reynolds
115 Emil “Dutch” Leonard
116 Joe Hatton RC
117 Walker Cooper
118 Sam Mele RC
119 Floyd Baker RC
120 Cliff Fannin RC121 Mark Christman RC
122 George Vico RC
123 Johnny Blatnick RC
124 Danny Murtaugh
125 Ken Keltner RC
126 Al Brazle RC
127 Hank Majeski RC
128 Johnny Vander Meer
129 Bill Johnson
130 Harry “The Hat” Walker RC
131 Paul Lehner RC
132 Al Evans RC
133 Aaron Robinson RC
134 Hank Borowy RC
135 Stan Rojek RC
136 Hank Edwards RC
137 Ted Wilks RC
138 “Buddy” Rosar
139 Hank “Bow-Wow” Arft RC
140 Ray Scarborough RC
141 Tony Lupien RC
142 Eddie Waitkus RC
143 Bob Dillinger RC
144 Mickey Haefner RC
145 “Blix” Donnelly RC
146 Myron McCormick RC
147 Elmer Singleton RC
148 Bob Swift RC
149 Roy Partee RC
150 Allie Clark RC
151 Mickey Harris RC
152 Clarence Maddern RC
153 Phil Masi RC
154 Clint Hartung
155 Fermin Guerra RC
156 Al Zarilla RC
157 Walt Masterson RC
158 Harry Brecheen
159 Glen Moulder RC
160 Jim Blackburn RC
161 “Jocko” Thompson RC
162 Preacher Roe RC
163 Clyde McCullough RC
164 Vic Wertz RC
165 “Snuffy” Stirnweiss
166 Mike Tresh RC
167 Babe Martin RC
168 Doyle Lade RC
169 Jeff Heath RC
170 Bill Rigney
171 Dick Fowler RC
172 Eddie Pellagrini RC
173 Bud Stewart RC
174 Terry Moore RC
175 Luke Appling
176 Ken Raffensberger RC
177 Stan Lopata RC
178 Tommy Brown RC
179 Hugh Casey
180 Neil Berry
181 Gus Niarhos RC
182 Hal Peck RC
183 Lou Stringer RC
184 Bob Chipman RC
185 Pete Reiser
186 Buddy Kerr
187 Phil Marchildon RC
188 Karl Drews RC
189 Earl Wooten RC
190 Jim Hearn RC
191 Joe Haynes RC
192 Harry Gumbert
193 Ken Trinkle RC
194 Ralph Branca RC
195 Eddie Bockman RC
196 Fred Hutchinson
197 Johnny Lindell
198 Steve Gromek RC
199 “Tex” Hughson RC
200 Jess Dobernic RC
201 Sibby Sisti RC
202 Larry Jansen
203 Barney McCosky
204 Bob Savage RC
205 Dick Sisler RC
206 Bruce Edwards
207 Johnny Hopp RC
208 “Dizzy” Trout
209 Charlie Keller
210 Joe Gordon RC
211 Dave “Boo” Ferris RC
212 Ralph Hamner RC
213 Charles “Red” Barret RC
214 Richie Ashburn RC
215 Kirby Higbe
216 “Schoolboy” Rowe
217 Marino Pieretti RC
218 Dick Kryhoski RC
219 Virgil “Fire” Trucks
220 Johnny McCarthy
221 Bob Muncrief RC
222 Alex Kellner RC
223 Bobby Hofman RC
224 Satchel Paige
225 Jerry Coleman RC
226 Duke Snider RC
227 Fritz Ostermueller
228 Jackie Mayo RC
229 Ed Lopat RC
230 Augie Galan
231 Earl Johnson RC
232 George McQuinn
233 Larry Doby
234 “Rip” Sewell RC
235 Jim Russell RC
236 Fred Sanford RC
237 Monte Kennedy RC
238 Bob Lemon RC
239 Frank “Babe” McCormick
240 Babe Young1949 Bowman Baseball Cards 24

Variation Checklist
The following is a list of players who have variation versions. The ones listed are the rarer versions.

#1-3 and 5-73 can be found with white or grey stock on the card backs.

4 Jerry Priddy – name on front
78 Sam Zoldak – name on front
83 Bob Scheffing – name on front
85 Johnny Mize – name on front
88 Bill Salkeld – name on front
98 Phil Rizzuto – name on front
109 Ed Fitz Gerald – printed name on back
124 Danny Murtaugh – printed name on back
126 Al Brazle – printed name on back
127 Hank Majeski – printed name on back
132 Al Evans – printed name on back
143 Bob Dillinger – printed name on back

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RANDOM FACTS AND STATS

Ian Kinsler, who announced his retirement on Friday, will have finished his career with 1,999 hits. Hall of Fame infielder Jimmy Collins also finished with 1,999 hits. A total of 287 players have 2,000 or more hits.

Dallas Keuchel had the highest ground-ball rate (60.1%) among pitchers who threw at least 100 innings in 2019. His sinker had the most vertical drop, relative to league average, among full-time starters. The 31-year-old lef-thander signed a three-year deal with the White Sox yesterday.

C.J. Cron had 25 home runs in 499 plate appearances last year. Jonathan Schoop had 23 home runs in 464 plate appearances. Brandon Dixon led the Tigers with 15 home runs. Cron and Schoop reportedly signed with Detroit yesterday.

Alex Avila has swung at the lowest percentage of pitches outside of the strike zone of any player over the past five seasons (min. 1,000 plate appearances.) Avila’s O-Swing% since 2015 is 15.3%.

Wilmer Flores is the only player in MLB history to have played at least 143 games at every infield position: first base: 155, second base: 165, shortstop: 162; third base: 143. (per ESPN’s Pedro Gomez.)

Derek Jeter started 2,660 games at shortstop, the only defensive position he played. Pete Rose started games at six different defensive positions: first base (905), left field (652), third base (627), second base (600), right field (581), center field (70).

Alan Trammell had 412 career doubles. Barry Larkin had 441 career doubles. Orlando Cabrera had 459 career doubles.

On December 23, 1958, the Los Angeles Dodgers traded Sparky Anderson to the Philadelphia Phillies in exchange for Rip Repulski, Jim Golden, and Gene Snyder.

On December 23, 1975, an arbitrator’s ruling made Dave McNally and Andy Messersmith baseball’s first free agents. Messersmith signed a three-year, $1M contract with the Angels the following April. McNally opted to retire.

Pinky Higgins, Red Kress, Scat Metha, Bobo Newsom, Cotton Pippen, Schoolboy Rowe, Birdie Tebbetts, and Dizzy Trout all played for the 1940 American League champion Detroit Tigers.

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Some romances are made for the theater; some are made in the theater.

Mary Carter’s Friday night plan was to to pick up a friend who worked at the Flick Theater in Jacksonville so they could cruise around Levy and hang out at Sonic.

The first time I saw my future spouse:

She says: “He was so nice-looking. I can honestly say I knew I was going to marry that man.”

He says: “She had long brown hair and she had some jeans on and had a really pretty face and really white teeth and she smelled good. All the check marks were there and everything was right.”

On our wedding day:

She says: “It was just the tender words my dad had said — he has since passed away and I was a big-time daddy’s girl. He was really glad I had chosen someone like Jeff and he knew he was going to take care of me.”

He says: “I was a senior in college and I actually had class that day. I got out of there by noon and hustled home and started getting ready for the wedding. I had a big honeymoon planned and things were looking good.”

My advice for a long happy marriage is:

She says: “Communication is super important. Don’t stay mad at one another. Life’s too short.”

He says: “You have to always communicate — talk to each other on a regular basis. Family values are really important. We were both Christian people and it’s important to be in church. It’s important to maintain family values and friendships.”

“I got there a little bit early, before my friend got off work. When I got there she said there was this guy she wanted me to meet,” says Mary, who was 17 in 1977.Cue the entrance of Jeff Twitty.

“Back in those days, they wore these three-piece leisure suits,” says Mary. “I’m actually a year and a half older than him but he looked much older in his suit. He walked in and I noticed him instantly.”

Jeff had a girlfriend, too, and they went to find seats in the theater.

“I didn’t know my girlfriend knew him but I said, ‘Now, if you want to fix me up with something, fix me up with something that looks like that.’ She just kind of laughed,” Mary says. “I said, ‘He’s got such a cute butt,’ which is so out of character for me. I don’t know why I said that — just girls being silly.”

Jeff circled back to the concession stand, where Mary and her friend were standing, to buy popcorn and drinks.

“As he turned to walk off my girlfriend said, ‘Hey, Jeff, my girlfriend thinks you’ve got a cute butt.’ I was mortified,” she says. “My face turned all red.”

Mary rushed from the theater lobby to her car in the parking lot. Jeff was unruffled.

“I just thought, ‘OK, that’s no big deal …'” he says. “But I liked the way she looked and I thought, ‘I’m going to have to check her out.'”

When Mary’s friend finished her shift she came out to Mary’s car.

“I said, ‘Why in the world would you do that? And why did you want to fix me up with your boss who has a girlfriend when there’s this cute guy that you work with?’ She said, ‘Well, he’s got a girlfriend, too,’ and I was like, ‘Well, he’s cuter than the other guy!'” she says. “Funny thing is, when she went back to work the next week, he had a thousand questions about me as well.”

Jeff, Mary learned, was the theater’s projectionist. He was the reason she saw every movie that ran over the next six months. He was also the reason she sometimes joined her friend at the pizza place next to the theater where theater employees hung out.

When Jeff broke up with his girlfriend, he called Mary. She was going to Greers Ferry Lake with her family, and he and a couple of his friends headed to the lake so he could spend some time with her.

“We just started talking and we’ve been together ever since,” she says.

On the night of their first date, Jeff had to change the movie marquee at 9 p.m. He left Mary with his aunt, a woman she hadn’t met, for 45 minutes before they went to dinner.

Mary was a speed skater so when they weren’t at the pizza place or the movie theater they were at the skating rink together, and they took trips to the lake when they could.

At the end of a date in March 1980, Jeff started talking about places he would like to go. His cousin had gone to the Pocono Mountains, he told Mary, and he wanted to go there on a honeymoon someday.

“I said, ‘Well, you’ll have fun.’ And he said, ‘You’ll have fun if you go with me,'” she says. “That was our proposal, I guess.”

They exchanged their vows on Feb. 27, 1981, in the NCO (Non-Commissioned Officers) Club on the Jacksonville Air Force Base, where Jeff’s mother worked.

“It was my fairy-tale wedding,” Mary says.

The fairy-tale wedding was followed by a fairy-tale honeymoon — in the Pocono Mountains.

Jeff is a Farmers Insurance agent in Jacksonville. Mary is a Jacksonville alderman. They have two sons — Brian of Jonesboro and Travis of Dallas.

The girl Jeff was dating when he met Mary has remained one of their closest friends over the years.

“She is a sweetheart,” Mary says. “She’s known to my kids as the ex-girlfriend, he’s known to her kids as the ex-boyfriend, but we’re all really good friends.”

The ex-girlfriend lives out of state now but she visits when she’s in town to see her family, and she has sent Jeff and Mary a Christmas ornament for each of the last 38 years.

“I have an ex-girlfriend tree,” Mary laughs.

Friends and family threw Jeff and Mary a surprise 25th anniversary party in the building that used to house the Flick Theater, now a venue called Unique Connection Center.

“If we make it to 50 and if this place is still standing,” Mary says, “I guess that’s where we’ll have to have our party.”

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PITTSFORD — What do dinosaurs have in common with the Catholic Church?

Both count Peter Dodson among their biggest fans, for one thing. An accomplished paleontologist and a committed Catholic, Dodson is a professor of vertebrate paleontology and veterinary anatomy at the University of Pennsylvania. He traveled to the Diocese of Rochester in March to talk with more than 150 local Catholics about the connection between faith and fossils, noted Deacon Dennis Donahue, new-evangelization coordinator at Auburn’s St. Mary Parish as well as Ss. Mary and Martha Parish.

Deacon Donahue, who coordinated Dodson’s visit in conjunction with officials from St. Bernard’s School of Theology and Ministry, said the paleontologist’s presentations were well-received by people of all ages. Dodson spoke to 70 middle-school students March 29 at Siena Catholic Academy in Brighton and to 35 younger children March 30 at Auburn’s Hilton Garden Inn, where the children had the opportunity to touch some of the fossils Dodson has unearthed over the years.

Adults also had the chance to touch a fossil — a vertebrae more than 150 million years old — after listening to Dodson’s March 28 presentation at St. Bernard’s as well as a March 29 talk at the Auburn hotel. The talks geared toward adults focused more intently on the alleged conflict between science and religion.

These days there’s a popular misconception that science and religion contradict each other, Dodson said, noting that he was unaware of this belief when he embarked on his scientific career path. A lifelong Catholic, Dodson had never noticed any potential conflict between science and religion, so he was taken aback when he attended a seminar during which a respected evolutionary biologist put forth what Dodson termed “an atheist manifesto.”

“He said that this is what evolution shows us: There is no God, there is no soul, there is no life after death, there is no such thing as free will. (He said) a scientist who believes in God is a hypocrite, and you must check your brains at the back of church,” Dodson recalled.

The speaker maintained that the number of evolutionary biologists who believed in God could be counted on one hand, and Dodson, feeling stunned and alone, left the seminar and spent the next few days “in a funk.” Later, however, Dodson realized that no studies had ever been conducted to back up the speaker’s claims.

“He set me on a course of study and investigation and learning and engaging in this topic,” said Dodson, who later became the founding president of the Philadelphia Center for Religion and Science.

Decades of study have reinforced Dodson’s initial belief that science and religion are not at odds with each other. In fact, a later survey showed that approximately 40 percent of scientists hold some sort of religious beliefs, he said.

“It’s the atheists in science that make the most noise, but understand that religious belief is not going to go away,” Dodson said.

The field of science actually developed in western Europe because of religious beliefs, not in spite of them, he added.

“Modern science is a fruit of western Christianity. Until the Enlightenment, virtually all scientists were persons of faith, and doing science was an act of worship, and exploring creation was praising the creator,” Dodson said.

Science and religion actually complement each other, Dodson said, noting that one of his heroes, Rabbi Jonathan Sacks, likens the two fields to the two sides of the human brain and heart.

“He said science is like the left side of the brain and religion is the right side. Science takes things apart to see how they work, and religion puts thing together to figure out what they mean,” Dodson said. “Which is more important, the left side of the brain or the right side of the brain? The left side of the heart or the right side of the heart? Believe me, you’d better have them both.”

While science is a “tremendously valuable human enterprise,” it does not tell people how they ought to live their lives or treat their neighbors, Dodson said. And the Bible does an admirable job of showing people how to get to heaven but is not meant to be a scientific manual, he said.

“So what then of the dinosaurs? I say that dinosaurs are one of the jewels of creation,” Dodson said. “God loved dinosaurs, and like all creation, dinosaurs give praise to God, so remember the works of the Lord are trustworthy and the heavens declare the glory of God.”

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Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred says he and his office have reviewed 75,000 emails relating to the Houston Astros’ electronic sign-stealing scandal. They have interviewed at least three current major league managers, an untold number of players and dozens of major league personnel overall.Al Platte

All that gumshoe work may not inform the commissioner’s impending punishment of the Astros than 19 words he put forth on Sept. 15, 2017:

“All 30 Clubs have been notified that future violations of this type will be Al Platte subject to more serious sanctions.”

This proclamation came in the wake of a groundbreaking sign-stealing scandal involving the Red Sox, an Apple Watch and the home video room at Fenway Park.

So when Manfred slapped the Red Sox on the wrist, he accompanied the fine with a missive to every major league club, that sign-stealing is cool but, he reminded, “no such (electronic) equipment may be used for the purpose of stealing signs or conveying information designed to give a Club an advantage.’”

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Yet there went the Astros, just a week after this pointed Manfred memo was circulated, banging away in a relatively meaningless late-September game against the Chicago White Sox, their video camera-laptop-trash can system apparently in midseason form. With any luck, MLB’s investigation will reveal the extent of the Astros’ shenanigans that postseason, when they went 8-1 at Minute Maid Park and won the World Series.

The bill for thumbing their nose at the commissioner is about to come due.

Manfred’s office is soon expected to announce penalties resulting from the Astros’ alleged scheme. It appears the Astros cooperated with the investigation, which is wise, since they say the cover-up is always worse than the crime.

But if there’s anything worse than a cover-up, it is blatantly flouting your czar’s edict handed down just days earlier.
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The result may be, at least temporarily, an Astros organization that looks a lot different than it did just 10 weeks ago.

Assistant general manager Brandon Taubman is already gone, fired under pressure from the commissioner’s office after a profane, bizarre and misogynistic diatribe toward media members that the organization initially denied before stumbling through an awkward contrition that spanned most of the World Series.

Now, general manager Jeff Luhnow, architect of the franchise’s teardown and subsequent buildup into a near-dynasty, among the game’s most influential figures by ushering the analytics era into a bolder but also colder stratosphere, is in the cross hairs.

Si Johnson Jersey

There is no joy in Mudville these days. Yes, Mighty Casey has struck out. But that story continues to live in a slightly different way in Norway, Sheridan, Newark, or Marseilles.

They still remember the name, Silas Johnson of Sheridan and a true story often confused. One mention at his alma mater Newark High School or a gaze at a plaque, Si Johnson is the last pitcher to strike out the famous Babe Ruth.

In researching baseball box scores, Cincinnati Reds right-handed pitcher Si Johnson was not the last man to strike out the immortal Babe Ruth, record owner of 714 home runs.

So how did Clifford uncover a dusty mystery?

Another inaccuracy, the 40 year-old Ruth did not retire the following day after facing Johnson. It took another four days and a sore knee.

That is when pitcher Syl Johnson struck out Babe in a May 29th, 1935 game.

This Johnson’s name was spelled S-Y-L, not S-I. He also was from Portland, Oregon, not Sheridan.

With the discovery came the announcement. Clifford remembers that Sheridan talk well.

But here’s where the local Johnson did accomplish something amazing. Twenty-four hours earlier, the baseball world buzzed…

…when Babe Ruth clobbered three homers in one game, one homer flying a record 600 feet out of Forbes Field. Homers 712, 713, 714.

Then the next day Si Johnson of Sheridan took to the pitching mound for the Reds.

He struck out Babe Ruth three times that May 26th,1935 game. Over 24,000 fans witnessed it at Crosley Field on of all moments…Babe Ruth Day.

So in truth, Si Johnson was the last man to strike out Babe three times in one game.

In his 1993 interview with Sports Illustrated, Johnson said the Babe just wasn’t the same hitter that day. He said he threw Ruth all fast balls down the middle. Ruth’s bat was slower. Johnson was even hoping Ruth would hit one out.

Besides Sports Illustrated, two baseball hall of famers, broadcaster Harry Caray and sports writer Jerome Holtzman also gave life to the last-man-to-strikeout Babe Ruth legend.

So, buy me some peanuts and cracker jack…throw me that pine tar and rosin bag and let’s play two.

Click below to hear Mark Harrington’s full radio story:

Johnson graduated from Newark High School and lived Sheridan. He played semi-pro baseball for the Marseilles Merchants.

Si Johnson was called to the majors at age 18. He won 101 games, pitching more than 2,000 innings in 272 games, 108 complete contests, over 17 seasons with Cincinnati, St. Louis, Philadelphia, and the Boston Braves.

He was the season opening day starting pitcher five times (losing all five) for the Cincinnati Reds. In two straight games, he threw a one-hitter. During his one minor league days for the Rock Island Islanders, the right-hander struck out 19 batters in one game and won 11 straight games. In a major league game, he once had four hits. At age 39, he started the season 8-2 with his all-time best 2.76 ERA.

A player of firsts:

* He was a spring training holdout for $7,500 season pay in clash with team owner Branch Rickey and Judge Landis, MLB Baseball Commissioner. He won.

* On the field for the first night game in MLB history,

* First MLB team road trip travelling by airplane.

* On first team to go to spring training (Puerto Rico) outside the U.S.

* In 1948, he earned a World Series ring with Boston Braves as a coach.

* Of two seasons, Johnson set the National League high for losses at 19 and at 22.

FINDING SI JOHNSON

You can see Si Johnson photos and memorabilia at the Rowe Library in Sheridan, the Norway Store in Norway, the Sheridan Museum, and the Norway Museum.

Go online and type in Babe Ruth in the search box. Go to the Baseball Reference link. Go to Standard Batting. Click on BSN. Then click on game logs (near bottom of page), then to May 26 and 29. There will the boxscores for Ruth’s batting, the pitching line for Si Johnson (May 26) and Syl Johnson (May 29)

Thanks to Matthew Clifford’s researchers: sons Jacob, Thomas, Joseph.