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September 21, 1952: The Boston Braves play their final home game at Braves Field. They lose 8-2 to the Brooklyn Dodgers. They close the season with a trip to New York City, losing 3 to the Giants, and then a loss to the Dodgers, a win over them, and a tie that is not replayed.

March 18, 1953: The Major League Baseball owners approve the Braves’ move to Milwaukee. You could do that in those days, move a team within a month of Opening Day.

There are 11 former Boston Braves still alive, 63 years after the move. I have arranged them in chronological order, by time with the Braves, not necessarily by age:

* Eddie Carnett, 99, from Oklahoma. Left fielder, he played 2 games for the Braves in 1941, before going into the service, got his discharge, and played with the 1944 Chicago White Sox and 1945 Cleveland Indians. If he lives to see October 21, it will be his 100th birthday.

* Mike Sandlock, 100, from Greenwich, Connecticut. Catcher, played 2 games in 1942, returned for 30 games in 1944, later played for the Dodgers and the Pittsburgh Pirates. The oldest living former major leaguer.

* Harry MacPherson, 90, from the Boston suburbs. Pitcher, faced 4 batters on August 14, 1944, and got 3 of them out, without allowing a run — and never made another big-league appearance. He was finished at age 18, a situation that could only have happened with the manpower shortage of World War II.

* Clint Conatser, 94, from Los Angeles. Outfielder, 1948 and ’49. The last survivor of the Braves’ last Pennant team in Boston, of 1948.

* Johnny Antonelli, 85, from Rochester. Pitcher, 1948-50, then went into the Korean War. By the time he pitched for the Braves again, they’d moved. Traded to the New York Giants in 1954, won 21 games, the National League ERA title, and the World Series. Was also with the Giants when they moved in 1957, and closed his career back with the Braves in 1961.

* Del Crandall, 86, from the Los Angeles suburbs. Catcher, 1949-50, then went into the Korean War. By the time he pitched for the Braves again, they’d moved. An 8-time All-Star in Milwaukee, won 3 of the 1st 4 NL Gold Gloves for catchers, and starred on their 1957 and ’58 World Series teams. Later returned to Milwaukee as Brewers manager.

* Luis Olmo, 96, from Puerto Rico. Outfielder, appeared in the 1949 World Series for the Dodgers, then wrapped up his U.S. big-league career with the Braves in 1950 and ’51, before returning to the Caribbean.

* Dick Manville, 89, from Des Moines. Pitcher, tossed 2 innings on April 30, 1950, and had a brief return to the majors with the 1952 Chicago Cubs.

* Bob Addis, 90, from the Cleveland suburbs. Outfielder, 1950 and ’51. Briefly played in the Yankees’ minor-league system.

* Bert Thiel, 89, from Marion, Wisconsin. Pitcher, made 4 relief appearances for the Braves in 1952. Ironically, given his home State, never got called back up after they moved to Milwaukee.

* Gene Conley, 85, from the Seattle suburbs. Pitcher, made 4 appearances in 1952, the last season in Boston. Went into the service, came back to the Braves in Milwaukee, was the winning pitcher in the 1955 All-Star Game in Milwaukee, and pitched for them in the 1957 and ’58 World Series. Also pitched for the Philadelphia Phillies and Boston Red Sox.

The last active player for the Boston Braves was Eddie Mathews, who was also the only player to have played for them in Boston, Milwaukee (all 13 seasons) and Atlanta (just the 1st season, 1966). He remained active until 1968. The last active player for the Milwaukee Braves was Phil Niekro, who lasted until 1987.

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UPDATE: Mike Sandlock died on April 9, 2016, making Eddie Carnett the oldest living former MLB player. Carnett did live to see his 100th birthday, but not much more. He died on November 4, 2016.

Bob Addis died on November 15, 2016. Harry MacPherson died on February 19, 2017. Luis Olmo, who had also been a living former Brooklyn Dodger, died on April 28, 2017. Gene Conley died on July 4, 2017. Dick Manville died on February 13, 2019. Clint Conatser died on August 23, 2019, meaning that every player who had ever won a Pennant for the Boston franchise of the National League is now dead.

That leaves 3 living former Boston Braves: Johnny Antonelli, Del Crandall and Bert Thiel.
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Over the weekend U.S. Rep. Justin Amash (R-Grand Rapids) dominated headlines after tweeting that President Donald Trump’s actions as outlined in the Mueller report demonstrated “impeachable conduct.”

The five-term congressman shared his conclusions about the report on Twitter. They were retweeted by tens of thousands of people and met with praise and criticism. Amash is the first Republican member of Congress to begin discussions of impeachment.

Trump fired back at Amash, also using Twitter as a platform for his comments. The president called him a “lightweight” and a “loser” on Sunday.

Following Amash’s tweets, two West Michigan residents said they are challenging the sitting congressman in the 2020 election.

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Amash represents Michigan’s 3rd district, which covers Grand Rapids and parts of Ionia, Barry and Calhoun counties.

State Representative Jim Lower, a Republican from Greenville, announced Monday that he will be running against Amash for the U.S. House of Representatives in 2020.

Lower hinted to a possible run on Twitter Saturday in response to Amash’s thread. His campaign said they planned to announce the run around July 4, but moved up the timetable because of Amash’s tweets.

“It is never easy to defeat an incumbent, but we are going to do it,” Lower said in a press release.

Tom Norton, a Republican from Sand Lake, is also challenging Amash. He announced his campaign in late April on Facebook, but reached out to 13 ON YOUR SIDE on Sunday.

Norton posted his response on Facebook, saying he is running to remove Amash from office and “be a representative of the people not the politicians.”

As a Congressman during Trump’s presidency Amash has made headlines for bucking party trends. Both Lower and Norton are positioning themselves as Republicans who would vote with Trump and party platforms.

Monday afternoon, Amash doubled down on his impeachment argument. The congressman, again, took to Twitter to explain and justify his conclusions about the Mueller report.

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The Sounders began to address the holes in their defense Thursday by selecting UNC Wilmington star Danny Reynolds in MLS’s SuperDraft.

Reynolds, a 6-foot-1 defender from Shilton, England, was chosen in the second round with the 35th overall pick. He was recently named the Colonial Athletic Association Defensive Player of the Year and earned All-CAA first team honors.

Seattle, which won the 2019 MLS Cup in November, has one true center back on its roster in Xavier Arreaga. Reynolds is versatile enough where he could contribute at that position or left back, but will likely see more playing time with the Tacoma Defiance.

“Defiance coach Chris Little is high on Danny,” Sounders general manager Garth Lagerwey said via conference call. “He’s a position of need. (And) he’s a left-footed defender, those aren’t common. So we got ourselves what we felt is another option there. A player like that, who is left-footed and can play left back, center back, they’re probably always going to have some role in the organization.”

With their other second-round pick (52nd overall), the Sounders selected UNLV midfielder Timo Mehlich. The 6-footer from Monchengladbach, Germany, scored 11 goals during the 2019 season.

Mehlich may not report to the Sounders this season, however. He reportedly signed with a USL team.

“We control his MLS rights,” Lagerwey said. “If he is good enough to play in MLS, he’ll play for the Sounders.”

The two MLS expansion teams had the opening three picks in the draft. Inter Miami selected Clemson striker Robbie Robinson with the No. 1 overall pick and Georgetown defender Dylan Nealis with the No. 3 overall pick. Nashville SC nabbed Indiana defender Jack Maher with the No. 2 spot.

FC Dallas picked Seattle University defender Nkosi Burgess with the No. 14 overall pick. He’s the Redhawks’ fifth player to be drafted by an MLS team in the past four years.

The league will hold the third and fourth rounds of its draft Monday. The Sounders have one third-round selection (78th overall).

Rave Green players are filing back to the club this week with on-field training opening Tuesday at their Starfire Sports facility in Tukwila.

First-choice players forward Jordan Morris and midfielder Cristian Roldan aren’t available for the Sounders. They’ll participate in the U.S. men’s national team camp through the first week of February.

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By Chris O’Brien
BU News Service

A jury ruled Thursday that a police officer did not violate a man’s civil rights after the officer impounded the man’s car on a traffic stop, despite the man claiming he was on his way to the hospital with chest pain and soon suffering from a heart problems.

The three-day trial concluded after just two hours of jury deliberation. The defendant stormed out of the courtroom following the reading of the jury’s decision.

On the morning of Feb. 2, 2017, Massachusetts State Police Officer Christopher Booth stopped Mark Harper on I-95 near North Attleboro for improper plates. Booth discovered Harper did not have registration for his Acura, which Harper said he had purchased just days prior, according to court documents.

“I thought it was Massachusetts law…I had seven days to register a car,” Harper testified Tuesday in court.

Harper had been driving from his home in Warwick, Rhode Island, to Boston Medical Center to seek treatment for severe chest pains, according to his testimony. Harper testified that during the traffic stop, he made Booth aware of his condition and asked for help multiple times.

Booth’s defense team denied that Harper made Booth or Officer Paul Powell, who came to assist shortly after Harper was pulled over, aware of his medical condition. The defense team argued that Harper had been combative, refusing to identify himself multiple times and refusing to exit the vehicle when officers requested he do so.

“Booth could have physically restrained or arrested Harper for failure to comply to a police officer but didn’t feel animosity towards Harper. Instead he used conflict resolution tools,” said Joseph Kittredge, Booth’s defense lawyer.

Booth called a tow truck to retrieve Harper’s car, as Harper was legally unable to drive without valid insurance or registration for the car. According to his testimony, Harper thought the tow truck would take him to the hospital. Instead, he was released at a nearby gas station in North Attleboro.

“I didn’t have a clue where I was at,” Harper said. “I felt angry. I felt disappointed…I didn’t know what to feel.”

Before approaching the gas station, Harper made a 911 call to the North Attleboro police. In the call, Harper mentioned that he was headed to the hospital, and that his car had been taken by state troopers.

Booth’s defense team stressed that it was “revealing” that Harper did not use his phone to call 911 when he was with the police. Harper said he did call emergency services at the gas station where he then collapsed.

“Before I got to the gas station, I blacked out,” Harper recalled. “The next thing I saw was the ambulance.”

Harper had undergone cardiac arrest and was taken to nearby Sturdy Memorial Hospital, according to court records.

Harper testified Tuesday that he has an extensive medical history, and has built a trust with and prefers the medical staff at Boston Medical Center, which is why he had intended to drive there that morning.

In his testimony, Harper alleged that he was given medication by doctors at Sturdy Hospital that gave him an allergic reaction, causing him to vomit. Harper’s legal team made the argument that this would not have happened with the doctors at Boston Medical Center that Harper knew and said he trusted.

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SAN FRANCISCO — The San Francisco Giants announced today that they have hired eight coaches to manager Gabe Kapler’s coaching staff. Joining the Giants staff in 2020 are Craig Albernaz (Bullpen/Catching Coach), Andrew Bailey (Pitching Coach), Brian Bannister (Pitching Director), Kai Correa (Bench Coach, Infield/Baserunning Instructor), Donnie Ecker (Major League Hitting Coach), Ethan Katz (Assistant Pitching Coach), Dustin Lind (Director of Hitting/Major League Assistant Hitting Coach) and Justin Viele (Major League Hitting Coach). Also, it was announced earlier that Ron Wotus will return for his 23rd year on the Major League coaching staff and his third season as the 3rd Base Coach.

“These staff additions bring together a group of energetic, innovative and bright minds to our organization,” said Kapler. “I’m excited about the ability of this group to connect with all of our players, front office and the broader Giants Community, and the diverse set of ideas and strengths they bring should only help the team grow this season.”

Albernaz, 37, comes to the Giants after serving as one of the Rays minor league field coordinators in 2019. In 2018, Albernaz led Class A Bowling Green to a Midwest League championship after the club won a minor-league best 90 games in a campaign that earned him Midwest League Manager of the Year honors. In 2017, he managed short-season Hudson Valley to a New York-Penn League championship. His coaching career began in 2015 when he served as a coach with rookie-level Princeton in 2015 before serving in the same capacity with Hudson Valley in 2016.

As a player, Albernaz spent eight of his nine minor league seasons in the Rays organization as a catcher, reaching as high as triple-a Durham. He spent one season in the Tigers organization (2015) before moving to the coaching ranks. Over his nine minor league seasons, he played in 371 career games and threw out 44 percent of would-be basestealers (145-of-329).

Bailey, 35, joins the Giants as the pitching coach in 2020 after spending the past two seasons working on the Los Angeles Angels Major League coaching staff. In 2019, Bailey served as the club’s bullpen coach after spending 2018 as a coaching assistant and video replay coordinator.

As a player, Bailey was a two-time All-Star (2009 and 2010) and the 2009 A.L. Rookie of the Year while pitching for the Oakland Athletics. Over eight Major League seasons between Oakland (2009-2011), Boston (2012-2013), New York-AL (2015), Philadelphia (2016) and Los Angeles-AL (2016-2017), Bailey was 16-14 with a 3.12 ERA and 95 saves in 265 career relief appearances.

Bannister, 38, joins the Giants after spending the last five seasons working in the Boston Red Sox organization. Since July 5, 2016, Bannister served as the team’s assistant pitching coach while also serving a dual role as the club’s Vice President, Pitching Development and Assistant Pitching Coach since November 3, 2016. In the time Bannister was a part of the Major League coaching staff, the Red Sox pitching staff ranked among the top third of American League staffs in ERA (3.98, fifth), SO/9ip (9.56, fourth), strikeout-to-walk ratio (3.02, fourth) and opponent’s OPS (.717, fifth).

Bannister originally was hired by Boston as a professional scout and analyst in January 2015 before being named the Director of Pitching Analysis and Development on September 9, 2015. As a player, Bannister went 37-50 with a 5.08 ERA across five Major League seasons between New York-NL (2006) and Kansas City (2007-2010). In 2007, he finished third in the AL Rookie of the Year voting behind Dustin Pedroia and Delmon Young.

Correa, 31, joins his first Major League coaching staff as the Giants bench coach and infield/baserunning instructor after spending the last two seasons working in the Cleveland Indians organization. In 2019, Correa was the minor league short-season defensive coordinator after serving as the rookie-level AZL Indians infield coach in 2018. Prior to working in Cleveland, Correa worked in the collegiate ranks with the University of Puget Sound (2011-2014) and the University of Northern Colorado (2015-2017). As a player, Correa was an all-conference infielder at Waiakea High School in Hilo, HI before playing collegiately at Puget Sound.

Ecker, 33, joins his second Major League coaching staff with his role as the club’s Major League hitting coach as he returns to the Bay Area. A Los Altos High School alum as a player and a coach, Ecker spent the 2019 campaign as the Reds assistant hitting coach on David Bell’s coaching staff in Cincinnati. Prior to the Reds, Ecker spent 2018 as the hitting coach in triple-A Salt Lake in the Angels organization. That season, the Bees led the PCL in batting average (.290), runs scored (824), home runs (173), RBI (783), slugging percentage (.480) and OPS (.841) while finishing second among PCL teams in doubles (291) and OBP (.361).

His coaching career began at Los Altos High School where he was an assistant coach from 2011-2012 and the head coach of the varsity squad from 2013-2014. He worked in the Cardinals system as a hitting coach from 2015-2017 with stops at Class A Advanced Palm Beach (2015-2016) and Class A Peoria (2017). As a player, Ecker starred as an infielder and quarterback at Los Altos High before eventually being drafted in 22nd round of the 2007 draft by Texas out of Lewis-Clark State College. Prior to his junior season at Lewis-Clark, he spent the 2006 season at Santa Clara University. He played two seasons in the Rangers system before playing two years of Independent ball.

Katz, 36, embarks on his second season in the Giants organization and his first season on a Major League coaching staff in his role of assistant pitching coach. In 2019, he served as the Giants assistant pitching coordinator in the minor leagues. Prior to his time in San Francisco, Katz worked as a pitching coach in the Angels minor league system (2013-2015) and the Mariners organization (2015-2018). Prior to his work in professional baseball, Katz was a pitching coach at Harvard-Westlake (CA) High School and helped instruct current Major Leaguers Lucas Giolito, Max Fried and Jack Flaherty.

On the field, Katz was drafted twice, eventually signing with Colorado after being taken in the 26th round of the 2005 First-Year Player Draft out of Sacramento State. He pitched in the minors with Colorado for four seasons (2005-2008), compiling a 13-7 mark with a 2.79 ERA in 102 games (eight starts).

Lind, 31, spent the last two seasons in the Seattle Mariners organization and most recently served as their director of hitting development and strategies on the Major League coaching staff. In that role, he worked with hitters, hitting coaches and analysts at all levels of the Mariners organization (Majors and minors) to optimize hitting development and performance. He joined Seattle in 2018 as the Mariners minor league quality assurance coach. From 2014-2017, he worked as an independent hitting consultant working with Major and minor league players.

As a player, he attended Montana State University-Billings before injuries ended his playing career. He transferred to Idaho State University where he graduated in 2014 with a degree in exercise science. He earned his doctorate in physical therapy from the University of Montana in 2017.

Viele, 29, joins his first Major League coaching staff with his appointment as the Giants Major League hitting coach on Kapler’s staff. He spent the last three seasons as a hitting coach in the Dodgers minor league system and was slated to be the team’s hitting coordinator this year. Last season with Class A Great Lakes of the Midwest League, the Loons led the 16-team Midwest League in home runs (113), RBI (638), walks (597), runs scored (712), on-base percentage (.339) and OPS (.730) while finishing second in doubles and slugging percentage. The Loons’ 712 runs scored were 71 runs more than the club with the second-most runs in the circuit.

His other coaching stops with the Dodgers included Class A Advanced Rancho Cucamonga (2018) and advanced rookie Ogden (2017). In 2015, he was a coach for Class A Advanced Frederick in the Orioles system before returning to his alma mater, Santa Clara University, as an assistant coach for the 2016 season. As a player, Viele was a four-year starter at shortstop for Santa Clara before being drafted in the 37th round by the Orioles in 2013. He played two minor league seasons as an infielder in the Orioles system (2013-2014) before he began coaching with Frederick in 2015.

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Under the warm, clear skies at Louisville Slugger Field on Tuesday, 34-year-old Hernan Iribarren admitted he was thankful.

Thankful for the phone call he received from the Cincinnati Reds in mid-January. For the opportunity to return to the Louisville Bats as a player-coach, helping out in the batting cages, in the clubhouse, and occasionally on the field.

And for one last chance to play a game he called a “blessing.”

“It’s kind of a different role but I’ll be able to play and that’s great,” said Iribarren, who has already played 1,478 professional games across 14 seasons. “This is going to be my last year. … Hopefully we get a winning season here in Louisville.”

The Bats open the 2019 campaign Thursday. Louisville plays seven games on the road at the Toledo Mud Hens and then Columbus Clippers before returning to Slugger Field for the home opener on April 11 against the Gwinnett Stripers.
In his sixth year with the Triple-A Bats, Iribarren’s retirement tour will come during one of the more intriguing seasons in the franchise’s history.

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The team added new manager Jody Davis, a former longtime MLB catcher. The roster features several returners, as well as the addition of a handful of players with MLB experience. And they’re reaping the rewards of the Reds’ improved farm system, headlined by top prospect Nick Senzel, who will start in Louisville.

Meanwhile, off the field, the club is celebrating its 20th season at Louisville Slugger Field. And they’ll do so with a number of promotions, including mint julep-themed uniforms, a bobblehead dedicated to the Kizito Cookie lady, and improved food selection.

Iribarren, who ranks third in franchise history in hits, is hoping that all amounts to the perfect storm to help the team post its first winning season since 2011 and first playoff appearance since 2010.

“(Davis) is all about winning,” he said. “He knows we have to develop. But he made it clear, we’re here to win. Of course we want to get to the big leagues, but while we’re here, we’re going to try to win. … I think he’s going to be a great presence to bring a winning team to Louisville.”

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While Davis admitted that’s not the team’s No. 1 goal — it’s getting “all these guys to Cincinnati.” But after returning to Kentucky from the team’s spring training facility, he said Tuesday that his first impression of his new ball club is that they’re hungry.

“Everybody wants to win and when we put the uniform on and the umpires come out here, you’re trying to win the game,” said Davis, who was previously the Bats hitting coach in 2016-2017. “We’re here. We’re in Triple-A. We’re going to make the best of it and try to win.”

Outside of Iribarren, there will be a number of recognizable faces playing at Slugger Field in 2019. Of the 28 players listed on the team’s preliminary roster, 18 have MLB experience, and seventeen have played with Louisville before.

That latter number includes Senzel, who is ranked by MLB.com as the sixth-best prospect in the game. The 23-year-old outfielder is hoping his second season in Louisville goes better than his last. His 2018 was over by June thanks to a combination of vertigo, a fractured finger and bone spurs in his elbow.

This year is already off to a similar start. After competing for the Reds’ center field job in spring training, he was optioned to the minors despite batting .308 with six doubles and four stolen bases. His agent called the move an “egregious case of service-time manipulation.” The Reds said service time wasn’t a factor in their decision.

After his demotion, Senzel sprained his ankle sliding into second base during a minor league game. He’s in a walking boot while rehabbing at the team’s spring training facility in Arizona. He’s likely rejoin the Bats when he’s healed.

Davis said Tuesday that Senzel is “still a couple of weeks away” but that he’s making progress. While Senzel came up the system as a third baseman and second baseman, the plan is still to play him in center field when he returns.

“It’s really going to hurt not having him here to start,” Davis said. “You know when you’re completely shut down like he is, it’s going to take time. It’s time we don’t want to see him away but, you know, it’s baseball and we got to fight through it.”

Davis said the service time concerns “shouldn’t be a problem now” because of the injury. If Senzel spends 16 days with the Bats — a near-certainty after the injury — it will push back the year he’s eligible for free agency by one year.

“He’s really been unlucky the last two years,” Davis said. “Last year he was probably getting ready to be called up. This year, totally unfortunate. Shouldn’t be a problem now if we can get him healthy.”

Iribarren, who has been around the game a decade and a half, said that he sees the service time issue from both perspectives; he said it “sucks” for the players but that it’s smart for the team.

As for Senzel, for whom he has served as a mentor, Iribarren said he doesn’t expect him to be in Louisville long, mainly because of his confidence.

“It sucked that he got hurt but he’ll be okay,” Iribarren said. “He’s just going to come here for a short period of time and then go back and help the big league team.”

Davis and Iribarren pointed to a number of other players to watch on the team.

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SIOUX FALLS — Suzie Weiland passed away unexpectedly due to a hemorrhagic stroke on June 29, 2019 at Sanford USD Medical Center in Sioux Falls, SD surrounded by family and friends. She was 66.

Susan Jane (Gustman) Weiland was born August 23, 1952 in Plainview, NE, to Milton and Gertrude “Trudy” (Urwiler) Gustman. She graduated from Plainview High School in 1970. After completing dental assistant certification, Suzie worked for several dental practices throughout her life.

On September 22, 1979, after a blind date in March of that year, she was united in marriage with Ed Weiland, in Plainview, NE. They were married for almost forty years. After the birth of their son Josh in 1981, they moved to Watertown, SD.

Her hobbies and interests were many. From tending to her flowers to knitting blankets and scarves, she also had a love for playing piano and singing. Suzie was an active member of the P.E.O., a devoted member of Peace Lutheran and had a strong faith in her Lord and Savior. She enjoyed living out this faith by helping fulfill the various needs of the church and loving others just as she was loved.

Suzie was well-known for her ability to connect with people and create numerous friendships. Among the bonds closest to her heart were those she had with her granddaughters. She was their “Nana Suzie” who filled their lives with love, adventure, and many laughs.

Grateful for having shared her life are her husband, Ed; son, Josh, daughter-in-law, Corrie; granddaughters, Tessa and Atlee; brothers, Mike (Sherry) Gustman, Fred (Jan) Gustman, Carroll (Janet) Gustman; sister-in-law, Jackie Warner; and many special aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and cousins. She was preceded in death by her parents and older brother Paul.

After her late brother became an organ recipient, Suzie was inspired to become an organ donor. She fulfilled this commitment with the donation of her lungs, kidneys, and liver to four individuals.

Funeral Services will be held 10:30 a.m. Monday, July 8, 2019, at Peace Lutheran Church, 5509 W. 41st Street, Sioux Falls.

The family will be present to greet friends from 2:00 to 4:00 Sunday afternoon at Miller Southside Chapel, 7400 S. Minnesota Avenue in Sioux Falls.

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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.

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In three seasons in the Minors, James went 5-2 with a 3.79 ERA in 35 games from 2016-18. (Turlington)

So as the summer of 2018 drew to a close, Carter came to the painful but unavoidable conclusion that it was time to put his baseball career to rest. Though he would go on to pitch a little bit in the independent Frontier League immediately after Great Lakes’ season for one last ride, he made his exit from the Dodgers’ organization official with that conversation in Shoemaker’s office.

“It was tough to get the words out,” Carter says. “I had played baseball my whole life.”

Of course, he had been photogenic his whole life, too.

And soon, that would open other doors.

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Much like his model aunt, who didn’t let her superstar status prevent her from pursuing a master’s degree in public health from Columbia and the higher purpose of her charity work, Carter greatly valued his education. So when he put baseball behind him, he re-enrolled at UCSB to chase the final credits he needed for his history degree.

It was only natural, though, given his looks and his roots, that Carter would view modeling as a potential path. So during a visit to New York to see his family, he reached out to some casting directors in the city and, within days, was signed by IMG. (By the way, that family referenced includes Carter’s stepfather, who is screenwriter Brian Burns, brother of actor and director Ed Burns, who is married to Turlington. The two couples live within a block of each other in New York.)

Carter’s first real photoshoot this past summer was actually accidental. Turlington was shooting a cover for Vogue Brazil with the renowned photographers Luigi Murenu and Iango Henzi, and she had Carter come visit the set so that he could network with people from the industry.

“The photographers were in awe of how much we looked alike,” Carter says. “So they styled me up immediately.”

While Turlington was getting her hair and makeup done, Carter was whisked away for an impromptu shoot.

“They were gone for like an hour!” Turlington says. “I was like, ‘Hey guys, don’t we have work to do?’”

From that shoot came the image that Turlington put out to more than 800,000 followers on Instagram, with the caption, “When your nephew visits you on the set and steals the show!” The post got more than 40,000 likes.

A headshot that Christy Turlington posted on Instagram vaulted James to stardom. (Photo by Luigi & Iango)

A star was born.

Carter has since done several shoots for upcoming projects, including his first magazine cover, and he’s strutted the catwalk for Rag & Bone, Brandon Maxwell, Giorgio Armani, Fila, Missoni and Bottega Veneta at Fashion Week in New York and Milan.

“It’s kind of the same as walking out to the mound, in a way,” he says. “That confident walk.”

Carter used to devote himself to bulking up his body. Squats. Deadlifts. Protein.

Now, he’s eating fish and vegetables and doing cardio and ab workouts constantly. He pitched at 215 pounds. As a model, he’s down around 170.

“The diet,” he says with a sigh, “definitely got stricter.”

Instead of sharing a clubhouse with his A-ball teammates, he’s found himself rubbing elbows at parties with famous athletes, movie stars, musicians and, of course, many, many models.

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By Mark McCarter | [email protected]
HUNTSVILLE, Alabama – Carlos Subero, with four previous years’ experience in the Southern League, will be the manager for the 2014 Huntsville Stars.

Subero, 41, managed the Birmingham Barons in 2008 and the Chattanooga Lookouts from 2010 through 2012.

The Stars staff will also include pitching coach Chris Hook, back for his third consecutive season and fourth overall, and hitting coach Sandy Guerrero, an off-season Huntsville resident who served as the Brewers’ minor league hitting coordinator the past two years. Guerrero was the Stars’ hitting coach from 2003-08.

Trainer Steve Patera will return, and be joined by a new strength and conditioning coach, Nate Dine. J.R. Rinaldi, who serves as Milwaukee’s equipment manager for its minor league system, will be the clubhouse manager.

Subero is a native of Venezuela who played six minor league seasons as an infielder, primarily in the Kansas City organization.

He managed seven years in the Rangers’ organization before the White Sox hired him in 2008 to manage at Birmingham, where the Barons went 74-63 but lost in the SL South playoffs to Mississippi after winning the first half.

Subero was 215-201 in his three years at Chattanooga, with the Lookouts twice reaching the playoffs but falling in the first round. He was 65-75 last season with the Los Angeles Angels’ advance-A California League team in Rancho Cucamonga.

Subero was also chosen as a coach for the World team in the 2008 Futures Game and managed Venezuela in the 2006 Caribbean Series.

Wrote The Birmingham News in 2008 after Subero was not retained by the White Sox: “Carlos Subero turned a few heads last season as manager of the Birmingham Barons.

One reason was his demeanor. Subero could transition from laid-back to livid in a nanosecond, setting the unofficial minor league record for most ejections without uttering a single cuss word.

” ‘He would lose his temper and state his case, but I never, ever heard him use profanity,’ said Curt Bloom, the Barons’ longtime play-by-play man.

“Reason two was more obvious. He took a club deep in pitching but short on everyday prospects and led the Barons to the Southern League’s second-best record, 74-63.”

This will be the Huntsville Stars’ final season in this particular incarnation. The Stars’ move to Biloxi for the 2015 was officially approved by the Southern League Board of Directors, the league announced Friday.

Principal owner Miles Prentice has negotiated the sale to Ken Young, a businessman who owns several other minor league clubs, though Prentice will maintain an ownership stake in the team as it moves to Mississippi.

City leaders are optimistic a replacement team will be found for the Stars within two or three seasons.

The Stars’ home opener is April 9

The staffs elsewhere in the Brewers’ chain:

Class AAA Nashville: Manager Rick Sweet, pitching coach Fred Dabney, hitting coach Bob Skube.

Class A Brevard County: Manager Joe Ayrault, pitching coach David Chavarria, coaches Ned Yost IV and Reggie Williams.

Class A Wisconsin: Manager Matt Erickson, pitching coach Elvin Nina, coaches Chuckie Caufield and Kenny Dominguez.

Rookie league Helena: Manager Tony Diggs, pitching coach Rolando Valles, coach Jason Dubois.

Arizona league: Manager Nestor Corredor, pitching coach Steve Cline, hitting coach Al LeBouef.