Originally published on Mon December 9, 2013 1:27 pm
Their paths repeatedly crossed on the way to the World Series. And now retired managers Joe Torre, Tony La Russa and Bobby Cox are headed to the same place: the National Baseball Hall of Fame. The Hall's Expansion Era committee announced its selection Monday.
Together, the trio won eight World Series titles and led teams that were perennial threats to play in October. They account for a combined 7,558 victories.
A player for Havana's Industriales baseball team winds up to throw a ball during a training session in Havana on Sept. 27. Cuba recently lifted a ban on its athletes' signing contracts to play overseas professionally.
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Yulieski Gourriel, a star player for the Industriales team, works out at a gym in Havanaon Sept. 27. He could probably sign a big league contract for tens of millions. In Cuba, top players are lucky to earn $100 a month.
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Fans show their support for the Industriales team at the Latin American stadium in Havana in 2009.
Baseball season is over in the United States, but it's just getting started in Cuba. It's the first season since Communist authorities lifted a 50-year-old ban on players' signing professional contracts abroad.
The move could bring even more Cuban defections to the U.S. major leagues, but fans on the island aren't booing the change.
Going to a baseball game at Havana's Latin American stadium is a little different from the typical experience in the U.S.
An interior shot of the Houston Astrodome taken in 1990. The stadium was "the first fully air-conditioned, enclosed, domed, multipurpose sports stadium in the world," according to the Texas Historical Association.
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Hurricane Katrina evacuees sit on makeshift beds on the Astrodome's floor on Sept. 9, 2005. The stadium sheltered thousands of people fleeing from the devastation in New Orleans.
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Grass is replaced with Astroturf in 1966. The grass that was originally used dried out under the dome.
Billie Jean King plays in the "Battle of the Sexes" tennis match against Bobby Riggs on Sept. 20, 1973. King went on to beat Riggs in the highly watched match.
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President George H.W. Bush addresses the crowd as he stands with his family on the podium at the Republican National Convention on Aug. 19, 1992.
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Rows of dirty, tattered seats ring the Astrodome in Houston in 2012. Once touted as the "Eighth Wonder of the World," the nation's first domed stadium was last used in 2009.
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Guy V. Lewis, University of Houston basketball coach, is carried to the dressing room by happy fans after the Cougars' upset win over UCLA in an NCAA college basketball game at the dome on Jan. 20, 1968. The game was known as college basketball's "Game of the Century."
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The West's Karl Malone (left) goes eyeball to eyeball with the East's Michael Jordan while Akeem Olajuwon looks down on the scene in the second half of the NBA All-Star Game on Feb. 2, 1989.
View of the Astrodome from above in 1968. Earlier this year, The New York Times wrote that the Astrodome "gave us domed, all-purpose stadiums and artificial turf and expansive scoreboards." The dome went on to host a variety of sports events, large concerts and a political convention.
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The Astrodome is illuminated on Tuesday. Voters in Houston rejected a bond referendum that would have allowed Harris County, Texas, to borrow $217 million that it could then spend to turn the stadium into one very large convention and exhibition hall. The building is likely to be razed.
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The sign tells the story: Houston's Astrodome on Tuesday.
Originally published on Wed November 6, 2013 12:46 pm
Voters in Houston on Tuesday rejected a bond referendum that would have allowed Harris County, Texas, to borrow $217 million that it could then spend on turning the Astrodome into one very large convention and exhibition hall.
The vote was 53 percent against the referendum, to 47 percent in favor.
This is WEEKEND EDITION from NPR News. I'm Scott Simon. I wait all week to say time for sports.
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SIMON: Playoff time in Major League Baseball. So many games, but the Cubs aren't in any of them. However, we are joined by Howard Bryant of ESPN.com and ESPN The Magazine to talk about those good clubs playing now. Thanks for being with us, Howard.
HOWARD BRYANT: Good morning, Scott. If the Cubs are what you're looking for in playoff baseball, I suggest a new team, a new century.
Jamie Moyer, shown above pitching for the Colorado Rockies in May 2012, made his major league debut back in 1986. He says that after decades in the major leagues, he'd occasionally have to remind himself that "in baseball terms, I really was old, but in everyday life, I really wasn't."
We don't often think of professional athletes improving with age, but Jamie Moyer was a better pitcher in his 40s than he was in his 20s. Moyer became the oldest pitcher to win a Major League Baseball game when, in April 2012, at the age of 49 years, 150 days, he pitched the Colorado Rockies to a 5-3 win over the San Diego Padres.
Originally published on Mon September 30, 2013 10:22 am
After a dramatic finish to the regular season that included a no-hitter on the final day and a tie that will force a special elimination game Monday night, Major League Baseball is set to start its playoffs.
OK, the baseball post-season is not quite settled. The Texas Rangers and Tampa Bay Rays will fight for the final playoff spot in a game tonight. The post-season of the New York Yankees is settled: There is not one. The Yankees failed to make it into the playoffs for only the second time in the last 19 years. And that means one of the most successful careers in baseball history has ended. Mariano Rivera has officially pitched his last game. And with that exit, NPR's Mike Pesca has this remembrance of his signature pitch: the cut fastball.