On This Date: Ex-College Hoopsters Make Their Mark on August 18 MLB Games

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Former Texas Christian hoopers Harry Kinzy and Dutch Meyer delivered significant MLB performances on this date. Unless you habitually pore over the content at baseballlibrary.com, baseballreference.com and nationalpastime.com, following is an August 18 calendar focusing on such versatile MLB athletes:

AUGUST 18

  • In the midst of a 21-game hitting streak, St. Louis Browns RF Beau Bell (two-year basketball letterman for Texas A&M in early 1930s) went 5-for-5 in the opener of a 1936 doubleheader against the Detroit Tigers.

  • RHP Ray Burris (played for Southwestern Oklahoma State) purchased from the New York Yankees by the New York Mets in 1979.

  • Philadelphia Athletics C Mickey Cochrane (played for Boston University in early 1920s) went 4-for-4 against the Detroit Tigers in a 1933 game.

  • St. Louis Browns C Rick Ferrell (played forward for Guilford NC before graduating in 1928) capped off a career-high 20-game hitting streak with four safeties against the Boston Red Sox in 1932. Four years later, Ferrell supplied three extra-base hits against the Philadelphia Athletics in a 1936 contest.

  • St. Louis Cardinals 2B Frankie Frisch (Fordham captain) smacked two homers against the Philadelphia Phillies in the opener of a 1932 twinbill.

  • INF Charlie Gelbert (scored at least 125 points each of his last three seasons with Lebanon Valley PA in late 1920s) awarded on waivers from the Washington Senators to the Boston Red Sox in 1940.

  • Dallas Green (Delaware's second-leading scorer and rebounder in 1954-55) fired as manager of the Philadelphia Phillies in 1989.

  • Chicago White Sox RHP Harry Kinzy (starting forward for TCU from 1931-32 through 1933-34) lost his lone MLB decision and complete game when walking 10 Washington Senators batters in 1934.

  • Cleveland Indians RF Harvey Kuenn (played briefly for Wisconsin in 1951-52 after competing on JV squad previous season) went 4-for-4 against the Chicago White Sox in a 1960 game.

  • Chicago White Sox 3B Vance Law (averaged 6.8 ppg for Brigham Young from 1974-75 through 1976-77) went 3-for-3, including logging the decisive RBI in the bottom of the eighth inning, in a 7-6 win against the Toronto Blue Jays in 1984.

  • New York Giants CF Hank Leiber (played for Arizona in 1931) collected a homer, triple and two doubles in an 8-4 triumph against the Cincinnati Reds in 1935.

  • Philadelphia Phillies LF Danny Litwhiler (member of JV squad with Bloomsburg PA in mid-1930s) smacked two triples against the Cincinnati Reds in the opener of a 1941 doubleheader.

  • Milwaukee Braves SS Johnny Logan (played for Binghamton in 1948-49) doubled in his fifth consecutive contest in 1956.

  • Cleveland Indians 2B Dutch Meyer (TCU letterman in 1934-35 and 1935-36) went 4-for-4 in a 7-4 victory against the Philadelphia Phillies in 1945.

  • Oakland Athletics CF Billy North (played briefly for Central Washington in 1967-68) stroked four hits in a 6-3 win against the Milwaukee Brewers in 1973.

  • RHP Claude Passeau (played for Millsaps MS in late 1920s and early 1930s) tossed a three-hit shutout as the Philadelphia Phillies ended a 14-game losing streak with a 7-0 verdict over the Boston Bees in 1936.

  • RHP Steve Renko (averaged 9.9 ppg and 5.8 rpg as Kansas sophomore in 1963-64) traded by the Chicago Cubs to the Chicago White Sox in 1977.

  • Detroit Tigers C Birdie Tebbetts (Providence hooper in 1932) went 4-for-4 in a 1940 game against the Chicago White Sox.

  • OF Will Venable (All-Ivy League first-team selection as junior and second-team choice as senior averaged 9.3 ppg under Princeton coach John Thompson III from 2001-02 through 2004-05) traded by the San Diego Padres to the Texas Rangers in 2015.

  • Cincinnati Reds 3B Billy Werber (first Duke All-American in 1929-30) knocked in five runs against the Philadelphia Phillies in the opener of a 1941 twinbill.

On This Date: Ex-College Hoopsters Make Their Mark on August 17 MLB Games

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AUGUST 17

  • San Diego Padres RHP Mike Adams (played basketball for Texas A&M-Kingsville in 1996-97) surrendered his only earned run (against Chicago Cubs) in last 34 relief appearances in 2009.

  • 1B Ron Allen (Youngstown State's scoring and rebounding leader as a sophomore in 1961-62) secured his only MLB hit, a ninth-inning homer at San Diego in 1972, after the brother of standout 1B Dick Allen replaced ejected St. Louis Cardinals teammate Joe Torre.

  • San Diego Padres SS Bill Almon (averaged 2.5 ppg in half a season for Brown's 1972-73 team ending school streak of 12 straight losing records) collected three hits and five RBI in a 7-4 win against the Cincinnati Reds in 1977.

  • OF Billy Cowan (Utah letterman from 1957-58 through 1959-60 was co-captain of NCAA playoff team as senior) clubbed a two-run, pinch homer off Juan Pizzaro in the eighth inning to give the California Angels a 7-6 victory against the Cleveland Indians in 1969.

  • Bing Devine (Washington MO letterman in mid-1930s) fired as general manager of the St. Louis Cardinals in 1964 before they go on to win the World Series against the New York Yankees.

  • RHP Eddie Fisher (played for Oklahoma's 1954-55 freshman squad) traded by the California Angels to the Chicago White Sox in 1972.

  • CF Curt Flood and 3B Gene Freese (captain of 1952 NAIA Tournament team for West Liberty WV), the first two St. Louis Cardinals batters, hammered back-to-back homers off Los Angeles Dodgers LHP Sandy Koufax (Cincinnati's freshman squad in 1953-54) in the opener of a 1958 doubleheader.

  • Philadelphia Athletics RF Walt French (letterman for Rutgers and Army) went 4-for-4 against the Cleveland Indians in the opener of a 1926 twinbill.

  • St. Louis Cardinals 2B Frankie Frisch (Fordham captain) homered in both ends of a 1929 doubleheader split against the New York Giants.

  • Baltimore Orioles RHP Dick Hall (averaged 12.8 ppg from 1948-49 through 1950-51 for three Swarthmore PA Southern Division champions in Middle Atlantic States Conference) provided a perfect inning of relief against the Kansas City Athletics in 1963, giving him 28 consecutive batters retired in a span of five appearances. Four years later with the Philadelphia Phillies, Hall notched his 11th straight game in relief without allowing an earned run in 1967.

  • Cleveland Indians LF Mike Hargrove (Northwestern Oklahoma State letterman) homered twice against the Oakland Athletics in a 1979 game.

  • In 2008, Florida Marlins LHP Mark Hendrickson (two-time All-Pacific-10 Conference selection was Washington State's leading rebounder each season from 1992-93 through 1995-96) allowed his only run in nine relief appearances during the month.

  • In 1985, Reggie Jackson of the New York Yankees, moving past Willie McCovey and Ted Williams on the all-time homer list, swatted his 522nd career round-tripper off Oakland A's LHP Bill Krueger (led WCAC in free-throw percentage in 1975-76 with Portland).

  • New York Giants RHP Christy Mathewson (played for Bucknell at turn of 20th Century) hurled his second straight three-hit shutout against Chicago in 1905.

  • New York Giants LHP Jim Mooney (played for East Tennessee State) tossed a four-hit shutout against the Cincinnati Reds in 1932.

  • Cincinnati Reds rookie RF Greasy Neale (graduated in 1915 from West Virginia Wesleyan) had his 12-game hitting streak snapped by the Chicago Cubs in 1920.

  • In the midst of homering in six consecutive contests, San Diego Padres 3B Graig Nettles (shot 87.8% from free-throw line for San Diego State in 1963-64) cracked two round-trippers against the Montreal Expos in a 1984 contest.

  • Los Angeles Dodgers CF Billy North (played briefly for Central Washington in 1967-68) stole three bases against the Philadelphia Phillies in a 1978 game.

  • Boston Braves rookie C Ebba St. Claire (Colgate letterman in 1941-42) had an 11-game hitting streak snapped by the Brooklyn Dodgers' Carl Erskine in the opener of a 1951 doubleheader.

On This Date: Ex-College Hoopsters Make Their Mark on August 16 MLB Games

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AUGUST 16

  • Minnesota Twins LF Brant Alyea (Hofstra's leading basketball scorer and rebounder in 1960-61 under coach Butch van Breda Kolff) belted a homer against the Boston Red Sox for the third day in a row in 1970.

  • Chicago Cubs 2B Glenn Beckert (three-year letterman for Allegheny PA) contributed four hits against the San Francisco Giants in a 1972 game.

  • Chicago Cubs RHP Tom Dettore (averaged team-high 14.1 ppg plus 9 rpg in 1965-66 for Juniata PA) earned his first MLB victory with 6 1/3 innings of shutout relief against the San Diego Padres in 1974.

  • Chicago White Sox 1B Kerby Farrell (key player for couple of strong Freed-Hardeman TN squads in mid-1930s) collected three hits for the second consecutive contest in 1945.

  • Cincinnati Reds 3B Gene Freese (West Liberty WV captain of 1952 NAIA Tournament team) launched two homers against the Los Angeles Dodgers in the nightcap of a 1961 doubleheader.

  • Pittsburgh Pirates 1B Hank Greenberg (enrolled at NYU on hoop scholarship in 1929 but attended college only one semester) clobbered two homers against the St. Louis Cardinals in a 1947 game.

  • Pittsburgh Pirates SS Dick Groat (two-time All-American with Duke in 1950-51 and 1951-52 when finishing among nation's top five scorers each season) registered his seventh consecutive contest with multiple hits.

  • Brooklyn Dodgers 1B Gil Hodges (played for St. Joseph's IN in 1943 and Oakland City IN in 1947 and 1948) amassed two homers and six RBI against the New York Giants in a 1950 game.

  • Kansas City Royals CF Lynn Jones (averaged 10.4 ppg for Thiel PA from 1970-71 through 1973-74) stroked four hits against the Toronto Blue Jays in a 1985 contest.

  • Los Angeles Dodgers LHP Sandy Koufax (Cincinnati's freshman squad in 1953-54) improved his record to 19-5 with a 3-0 shutout against the St. Louis Cardinals but will miss the remainder of the 1964 season because of an elbow injury incurred while sliding back into second base earlier in the month.

  • In 1911, New York Giants RHP Christy Mathewson (played for Bucknell at turn of 20th Century) defeated the Cincinnati Reds for the 22nd straight time.

  • Chicago White Sox RF Lyle Mouton (starter in LSU's backcourt with All-American Chris Jackson for 1989 NCAA playoff team) had his career-high 14-game hitting streak snapped by the Milwaukee Brewers in 1996.

  • Detroit Tigers LF Curtis Pride (led William & Mary in steals three times and assists twice while averaging 5.6 ppg and 3.1 apg from 1986-87 through 1989-90) hit safely in first 10 games of the month, a career high, before he was blanked by the Cleveland Indians in 1996.

  • RHP Robin Roberts (Michigan State's second-leading scorer in 1945-46 and 1946-47) twirled four-hit shutouts in his first two starts for the Houston Astros in 1965.

  • New York Yankees rookie LHP Marius Russo (member of LIU teams compiling 50-2 record in 1934-35 and 1935-36 under legendary coach Clair Bee) hurled a four-hit shutout against the Washington Senators in 1939, igniting a streak of seven straight complete-game victories as a starter.

  • Philadelphia Phillies RF Cy Williams (Notre Dame forward in 1909-10) went 7-for-10 and scored five runs in a 1925 twinbill sweep of the Brooklyn Robins.

  • Toronto Blue Jays RF Dave Winfield (starting forward for Minnesota's first NCAA playoff team in 1972) knocked in five runs against the Cleveland Indians in the nightcap of a 1992 doubleheader.

On This Date: Ex-College Hoopsters Make Their Mark on August 15 MLB Games

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Former Santa Clara hoopers Bruce Bochte and Randy Winn each registered three extra-base hits at the MLB level on this date. Unless you habitually pore over the content at baseballlibrary.com, baseballreference.com and nationalpastime.com, following is an August 15 calendar focusing on such versatile MLB athletes:

AUGUST 15

  • California Angels 1B Joe Adcock (Louisiana State's leading basketball scorer in 1945-46) socked two homers against the Minnesota Twins in a 1966 game.

  • Philadelphia Phillies CF Ethan Allen (Cincinnati letterman in 1924-25 and 1925-26) provided four hits against the Pittsburgh Pirates in a 1935 contest.

  • California Angels 1B Bruce Bochte (starting forward for Santa Clara's NCAA playoff team in 1970 averaged 7.4 ppg and 4 rpg) contributed three extra-base hits in an 8-0 win against the Detroit Tigers in 1975.

  • 2B Frank Bolling (averaged 7.3 ppg in 1950-51 for Spring Hill AL) knocked in all of the Detroit Tigers' runs in a 12-5 setback against the Kansas City Athletics in 1958.

  • Cleveland Indians SS Lou Boudreau (leading scorer for Illinois' 1937 Big Ten Conference co-champion) secured seven safeties in a 1948 doubleheader sweep of the Chicago White Sox.

  • Milwaukee Braves RHP Gene Conley (All-PCC first-team selection led North Division in scoring in 1949-50 as a Washington State sophomore) won his ninth consecutive contest in 1954 (2-1 against Chicago Cubs). Seven years later, Conley was with the Boston Red Sox in 1961 when he tossed a shutout and cracked a homer in an 8-0 shelling of the Cleveland Indians.

  • 1B Walt Dropo (Connecticut's first player ever to average 20 points for season with 21.7 ppg in 1942-43) was hospitalized after beaning in 1950 but the Boston Red Sox began a streak of winning 27 of their next 30 games.

  • San Francisco Giants 1B Darrell Evans (member of Jerry Tarkanian-coached Pasadena City CA club winning 1967 state community college crown) homered twice in a 1976 game against the Philadelphia Phillies.

  • In the midst of 11 consecutive scoreless appearances, New York Yankees LHP Steve Hamilton (All-OVC selection was Morehead State's leading scorer and rebounder in 1956-57 and 1957-58) notched a win against the Kansas City Athletics with four innings of one-hit relief in the nightcap of a 1965 doubleheader.

  • Cleveland Indians CF Kenny Lofton (Arizona's leader in steals for 1988 Final Four team compiling 35-3 record) logged four hits and four RBI against the Minnesota Twins in a 2001 contest.

  • Boston Red Sox 1B Tony Lupien (Harvard captain in 1938-39 accumulated four hits against the St. Louis Browns for the third time in 1943.

  • New York Giants RHP Christy Mathewson (played for Bucknell at turn of 20th Century) blanked opponents going into extra innings but wound up losing each contest - against the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1910 and Boston Braves in 1914.

  • RF Greasy Neale (West Virginia Wesleyan College hoopster graduated in 1915) pilfered second, third and home in the ninth inning to help the Cincinnati Reds upend the New York Giants, 4-0, in the nightcap of a 1919 twinbill.

  • Homering in his third and fourth consecutive contests, RF Bill Nicholson (guard for Washington College MD two years in mid-1930s) socked three homers, two doubles and a single but the Chicago Cubs dropped both ends of a 1942 doubleheader against the Pittsburgh Pirates.

  • Houston Astros 2B Rob Sperring (averaged 8.7 ppg and 2.9 rpg for Pacific from 1968-69 through 1970-71) supplied a career-high four hits in a 15-3 rout of the Atlanta Braves in 1977.

  • New York Giants C Wes Westrum (played for Bemidji State MN one season before serving in military during WWII) provided the difference with an eighth-inning, two-run homer in a 3-1 decision over the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1951.

  • Philadelphia Phillies 1B Bill White (two-year hooper with Hiram OH in early 1950s) knocked in five runs against the Chicago Cubs in a 1966 contest.

  • Boston Red Sox C Sammy White (All-PCC Northern Division first-five selection for Washington in 1947-48 and 1948-49) banged out four hits in second consecutive contest against the New York Yankees in 1959.

  • San Francisco Giants CF Randy Winn (Santa Clara backcourtmate of eventual two-time NBA Most Valuable Player Steve Nash in 1993-94) hit for the cycle against the Cincinnati Reds in a 2005 game. Three years later as RF, Winn went 4-for-4 with three extra-base hits against the Atlanta Braves in a 2008 outing.

On This Date: Ex-College Hoopsters Make Their Mark on August 14 MLB Games

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Former Creighton hoopers Bob Gibson and Dennis Rasmussen registered personal pitching performance milestones during their MLB careers on this date. Unless you habitually pore over the content at baseballlibrary.com, baseballreference.com and nationalpastime.com, following is an August 14 calendar focusing on such versatile MLB athletes:

AUGUST 14

  • Detroit Tigers RHP Elden Auker (All-Big Six Conference first-five basketball selection with Kansas State in 1931-32) chipped in with two homers and five RBI while tossing a four-hitter in a 16-1 drubbing of the St. Louis Browns in 1937.

  • Cleveland Indians SS Lou Boudreau (leading scorer for Illinois' 1937 Big Ten Conference co-champion) suffered a broken right ankle in a collision at second base in 1945. The next year, Boudreau supplied four hits against the Detroit Tigers in a 1946 game.

  • RHP Ralph Branca (sixth-leading scorer for NYU in 1943-44) won his first and only decision with the New York Yankees (3-1 over Boston Red Sox in 1954).

  • Detroit Tigers 1B Tony Clark (San Diego State's leading scorer in WAC competition in 1991-92) homered in his third consecutive contest in 1999.

  • Pittsburgh Pirates rookie 1B Donn Clendenon (four-sport letterman with Morehouse GA) went 5-for-5 with four extra-base hits in a 1964 doubleheader split against the Chicago Cubs.

  • Cincinnati Reds CF Harry Craft (four-sport letterman with Mississippi College in early 1930s) contributed three extra-base hits (double, triple and homer) against the St. Louis Cardinals in the opener of a 1938 twinbill.

  • St. Louis Cardinals RHP Bob Gibson (Creighton's leading scorer in 1955-56 and 1956-57) hurled a no-hitter at Pittsburgh in 1971.

  • San Diego Padres RF Tony Gwynn (All-WAC second-team selection with San Diego State in 1979-80 and 1980-81) went 4-for-4 against the Los Angeles Dodgers in a 1993 contest.

  • Texas Rangers 1B Mike Hargrove (Northwestern Oklahoma State letterman) supplied a leadoff homer for the second straight game in 1977.

  • Philadelphia Phillies 3B Chuck Harmon (second-leading scorer for Toledo in 1946-47 and 1947-48) went 4-for-4 against the Pittsburgh Pirates in a 1957 outing.

  • RHP Dave Madison (letterman for LSU from 1939-40 through 1942-43) traded by the St. Louis Browns to the Detroit Tigers in an eight-player swap in 1952.

  • San Diego Padres LHP Dennis Rasmussen (sixth-man for Creighton averaged 5.1 ppg from 1977-78 through 1979-80) defeated the Houston Astros, 4-1, ending a personal losing streak of nine straight starts in 1991.

  • In 1991, St. Louis Cardinals RHP Lee Smith (averaged 3.4 ppg and 1.9 rpg with Northwestern State in 1976-77) reached the 30-save plateau for the sixth time en route to leading the N.L. with 47.

  • New York Mets RHP Darrell Sutherland (averaged 8.1 ppg and 2.2 rpg for Stanford from 1960-61 through 1962-63 under coach Howie Dallmar) tripled and hurled four innings of hitless relief in posting his first MLB victory (1-0 in 10 frames against Houston Astros in 1965).

  • Birdie Tebbetts (Providence hooper in 1932) resigned as Cincinnati Reds manager in 1958.

  • Detroit Tigers rookie SS Coot Veal (averaged team-high 10.9 ppg as Auburn sophomore in 1951-52 before transferring to Mercer) contributed three safeties against the Cleveland Indians, triggering a 13-game hitting streak in 1958.

  • St. Louis Cardinals 1B Bill White (played two years with Hiram OH in early 1950s) hit for the cycle in the opener of a 1960 doubleheader against the Pittsburgh Pirates.

  • In 1991, California Angels RF-DH Dave Winfield (starting forward with Minnesota's first NCAA playoff team in 1972) slugged the 400th homer of his career.

  • Tampa Bay Devil Rays rookie CF Randy Winn (Santa Clara backcourtmate of eventual two-time NBA Most Valuable Player Steve Nash in 1993-94) stroked two triples in a 1998 contest against the Kansas City Royals.

On This Date: Ex-College Hoopsters Make Their Mark on August 13 MLB Games

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Former Mississippi State hoops lettermen Boo Ferriss and Buddy Myer had significant MLB performances on this date. Ditto former Virginia hoopers Eppa Rixey and Mel Roach. Unless you habitually pore over the content at baseballlibrary.com, baseballreference.com and nationalpastime.com, following is an August 13 calendar focusing on such versatile MLB athletes:

AUGUST 13

  • Toronto Blue Jays CF Danny Ainge (three-time Brigham Young basketball All-American and national player of year as senior in 1980-81) went 3-for-3 in a 5-4 setback against the Milwaukee Brewers in 1980.

  • Chicago Cubs rookie RF George Altman (appeared in 1953 and 1954 NAIA Tournament with Tennessee State) collected five hits, including two homers, and five RBI in a 20-9 win against the San Francisco Giants in 1959.

  • Pittsburgh Pirates RHP Jim Bibby (Fayetteville State NC backup player and brother of UCLA All-American Henry Bibby) won his sixth decision in a row en route to leading the N.L. in winning percentage in 1979.

  • St. Louis Cardinals 1B George Crowe (four-year letterman from 1939-40 through 1942-43 for Indiana Central after becoming first high school player named state's Mr. Basketball) cracked a pinch-hit grand slam against the Los Angeles Dodgers in a 1959 game.

  • Chicago White Sox RHP Dave DeBusschere (three-time All-American for Detroit from 1959-60 through 1961-62) tossed a shutout against the Cleveland Indians in 1963.

  • In 1955, Cleveland Indians CF Larry Doby (reserve guard for Virginia Union's 1943 CIAA titlist) committed his first miscue after an A.L.-record 165 errorless games.

  • Boston Red Sox RHP Boo Ferriss (Mississippi State letterman in 1941) won his eighth straight game for victory No. 20 in 1946.

  • New York Giants INF Frankie Frisch (Fordham captain) stroked four hits against the Pittsburgh Pirates in a 1925 contest.

  • Pittsburgh Pirates RHP Dave Giusti (made 6 of 10 field-goal attempts in two games for Syracuse in 1959-60) hurled a one-hitter to beat the Chicago Cubs, 1-0, in 1966.

  • Detroit Tigers rookie 1B Hank Greenberg (enrolled at NYU on hoop scholarship in 1929 but attended college only one semester) provided three doubles in a 17-inning contest against the Chicago White Sox in 1933.

  • Pittsburgh Pirates SS Dick Groat (two-time All-American with Duke in 1950-51 and 1951-52 when finishing among nation's top five scorers each season) went 4-for-4 against the St. Louis Cardinals in a 1960 outing.

  • In his MLB debut in 1981, Kansas City Royals LHP Atlee Hammaker (averaged 5.3 ppg as freshman in 1976-77 and 4.9 as sophomore in 1977-78 under ETSU coach Sonny Smith) hurled four innings of shutout relief against the Baltimore Orioles.

  • Cleveland Indians LF Mike Hargrove (Northwestern Oklahoma State letterman) homered in his third consecutive contest in 1979.

  • New York Giants RHP Jim Hearn (Georgia Tech letterman in 1941-42) shut out the Philadelphia Phillies' Whiz Kids in 1950.

  • In the midst of a career-high 17-game hitting streak, Chicago Cubs SS Don Kessinger (three-time All-SEC selection for Mississippi from 1961-62 through 1963-64 while finishing among nation's top 45 scorers each year) contributed three hits and three runs against the New York Mets in a 1972 game.

  • Baltimore Orioles rookie RHP Ben McDonald (started six games as 6-6 freshman forward for LSU in 1986-87 under coach Dale Brown) won his first five MLB starts in 1990.

  • Chicago White Sox RHP Jimmy Miles (averaged 5.2 ppg and 8.9 rpg for Delta State MS in 1964-65) lost his lone MLB decision (7-3 against Kansas City Royals in 1969).

  • Washington Senators 2B Buddy Myer (Mississippi State letterman in 1923-24) went 4-for-4 against the Chicago White Sox in a 1930 game.

  • New York Yankees 3B Graig Nettles (shot 87.8% from free-throw line for San Diego State in 1963-64) amassed two homers and five RBI against the Minnesota Twins in a 1976 contest.

  • C Don Prohovich (member of Holy Cross' 1954 NIT champion) traded with $15,000 by the White Sox to the Cubs for utilityman Earl Averill Jr. in 1960. Deal was the first swap of players between the two Chicago franchises.

  • OF Rip Repulski (started several games for St. Cloud State MN) hit a three-run pinch homer for the Philadelphia Phillies but they still lost against the Pittsburgh Pirates, 10-9, in 1958.

  • Cincinnati Reds LHP Eppa Rixey (Virginia letterman in 1911-12 and 1913-14) drove in two runs and blanked the Pittsburgh Pirates, 3-0, in 1932.

  • Milwaukee Braves 2B Mel Roach (averaged 9.3 ppg for Virginia in 1952-53) went 3-for-3, including a homer, and chipped in with three RBI in a 4-2 win against the San Francisco Giants in 1960.

On This Date: Ex-College Hoopsters Make Their Mark on August 12 MLB Games

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AUGUST 12

  • California Angels RHP Chris Beasley (Arizona State's leading basketball scorer in 1983-84) lost his only MLB decision in 1991 (4-3 against Minnesota Twins).

  • Cleveland Indians SS Lou Boudreau (leading scorer for Illinois' 1937 Big Ten Conference co-champion) went 4-for-4, including two triples, against the Philadelphia Athletics in a 1943 game.

  • Arizona Diamondbacks 1B Tony Clark (San Diego State's leading scorer in WAC games in 1991-92) smacked two homers against the Atlanta Braves in a 2005 contest.

  • Philadelphia Athletics C Mickey Cochrane (Boston University player in early 1920s) contributed four hits against the Detroit Tigers in a 1931 game.

  • Chicago Cubs 3B Alvin Dark (letterman for LSU and USL in mid-1940s) went 3-for-3 against the Los Angeles Dodgers, homering in the second of three consecutive contests in 1959.

  • In the midst of a career-high 14-game hitting streak, New York Yankees rookie RF Charlie Keller (Maryland letterman from 1934-35 through 1936-37) collected back-to-back three-safety contests against the Philadelphia Athletics in 1939.

  • Chicago Cubs LF Irv Noren (player of year for California community college state champion Pasadena City in 1945) went 4-for-4 against the Los Angeles Dodgers in a 1959 game.

  • Chicago Cubs rookie RHP Paul Reuschel (averaged 12.1 rpg for Western Illinois in 1966-67 and 1967-68) surrendered his only run in a 13-game relief span through the end of the month in 1975.

  • In 1953, Philadelphia Phillies RHP Robin Roberts (Michigan State's second leading scorer in 1945-46 and 1946-47) beat the Pittsburgh Pirates for the 15th consecutive time. Roberts reached the 20-win plateau for the fourth straight season.

  • Pittsburgh Pirates LHP Preacher Roe (played for Harding AR in late 1930s) registered back-to-back six-hit shutouts in 1945.

  • Baltimore Orioles OF Larry Sheets (All-ODAC selection for Eastern Mennonite VA in 1981-82 and 1982-83) and teammate Wayne Gross (led Cal Poly Pomona in assists in 1974-75) socked back-to-back pinch-hit homers but they weren't enough to prevent an 8-5 setback against the Cleveland Indians in 1985.

  • In 1960, Detroit Tigers RHP Dave Sisler (All-Ivy League second-team selection for Princeton's first NCAA playoff team in 1952) supplied his eighth straight relief appearance without yielding an earned run.

  • Arizona Diamondbacks rookie 2B Junior Spivey (redshirted his only semester at Northwestern Oklahoma State on hoop scholarship before transferring to KS junior college) registered his second five-hit game of the 2001 campaign.

  • Chicago Cubs INF-OF Riggs Stephenson (Alabama letterman in 1920) knocked in the winning run in the 11th inning of a 3-2 victory against the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1930.

  • Kansas City Athletics 2B Wayne Terwilliger (two-year Western Michigan letterman averaged 5.6 ppg in 1947-48) posted his fifth straight multiple-hit game in 1959.

  • Boston Red Sox 3B Billy Werber (first Duke All-American in 1929-30) went 3-for-3 against the New York Yankees in the opener of a 1934 doubleheader en route to 16 multiple-hit games during the month.

  • New York Yankees LF Dave Winfield (starting forward for Minnesota's first NCAA playoff team in 1972) delivered two homers and double against the Detroit Tigers in a 1983 outing.

  • San Francisco Giants CF Randy Winn (Santa Clara backcourtmate of eventual two-time NBA Most Valuable Player Steve Nash in 1993-94) accounted for the game's only run with a homer at Florida in 2005.

On This Date: Ex-College Hoopsters Make Their Mark on August 11 MLB Games

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AUGUST 11

  • In the midst of a career-high 20-game hitting streak in 1959, Milwaukee Braves 1B Joe Adcock (Louisiana State's leading basketball scorer in 1945-46) went 4-for-4 against the Cincinnati Reds, homering in his third straight outing.

  • Detroit Tigers RHP Elden Auker (All-Big Six Conference first-five selection with Kansas State in 1931-32) hurled his second shutout in a 10-day span in 1934.

  • New York Giants RHP Curt Barclay (Oregon's third-leading scorer and rebounder as sophomore in 1950-51) hurled a three-hit, 5-0 shutout against the Philadelphia Phillies in the opener of a 1957 doubleheader. It was Barclay's second straight whitewash.

  • Chicago Cubs OF Frankie Baumholtz (MVP in 1941 NIT and first player in Ohio University history to score 1,000 career points) furnished his third consecutive contest with three safeties in 1952.

  • Texas Rangers RHP Jim Bibby (Fayetteville State NC backup player and brother of UCLA All-American Henry Bibby) fired his second shutout against the Detroit Tigers during the 1974 campaign.

  • In 1990, Atlanta Braves RHP Marty Clary (Northwestern letterman in 1981-82 and 1982-83) incurred his seventh defeat in as many decisions in a five-week span.

  • Pittsburgh Pirates rookie 1B Donn Clendenon (four-sport letterman with Morehouse GA) cracked a grand slam against the Chicago Cubs in a 1962 game.

  • C Mickey Cochrane (Boston University player in early 1920s) delivered a decisive ninth-inning hit to give the win to RHP George Earnshaw (Swarthmore PA player in 1922) in the Philadelphia Athletics' 3-2 decision over the Washington Senators in 1928.

  • Gene Desautels (Holy Cross letterman in 1929 and 1930) caught the entire game for the Cleveland Indians without a putout (no strikeouts) in 1942 when they have a 14-inning scoreless tie with the Detroit Tigers.

  • San Diego Padres RF Tony Gwynn (All-WAC second-team selection with San Diego State in 1979-80 and 1980-81) went 5-for-5 and scored four runs in a 7-6 triumph against the Atlanta Braves in 1987. Two years later, Gwynn went 4-for-4 against the Braves in the nightcap of a 1989 doubleheader en route to a league-high 203 hits.

  • San Francisco Giants LHP Atlee Hammaker (averaged 5.3 ppg as freshman in 1976-77 and 4.9 as sophomore in 1977-78 under ETSU coach Sonny Smith) fired his final shutout of 12-year MLB career, a five-hitter against the Houston Astros in 1988.

  • Chicago Cubs SS Don Kessinger (three-time All-SEC selection for Mississippi from 1961-62 through 1963-64 while finishing among nation's top 45 scorers each year) delivered five hits in a 15-inning game against the Cincinnati Reds in 1968.

  • LF Bill Nicholson (guard for Washington College MD two years in mid-1930s) capped off back-to-back-to-back homers by the Chicago Cubs but the three straight round-trippers weren't enough to prevent a 7-5 defeat against the St. Louis Cardinals in 1941.

  • In 1945, Chicago Cubs RHP Claude Passeau (played for Millsaps MS in late 1920s and early 1930s) restricted the Boston Braves to two hits - both coming with two outs in the eighth inning.

  • In 1987, Baltimore Orioles LF Larry Sheets (All-ODAC selection in 1981-82 and 1982-83 with Eastern Mennonite VA) smacked two homers for the third time in his last five games.

  • Chicago Cubs 2B Rob Sperring (averaged 8.7 ppg and 2.9 rpg for Pacific from 1968-69 through 1970-71) collected a homer and double in his MLB debut against the San Francisco Giants in 1974.

  • In 1959, Detroit Tigers SS Coot Veal (Auburn's scoring leader as sophomore in 1951-52 before transferring to Mercer) connected for his lone homer in 611 MLB career at-bats (against Chicago White Sox).

  • Boston Red Sox C Sammy White (All-PCC Northern Division first-five selection for Washington in 1947-48 and 1948-49) provided three hits in both ends of a 1953 twinbill sweep of the Philadelphia Athletics.

  • RHP Jim Wilson (letterman for San Diego State's 1942 NAIA Tournament participant) traded by the Cleveland Indians to the Detroit Tigers in 1949.

  • New York Giants rookie 1B Babe Young (Fordham letterman in 1935-36) amassed two homers and five RBI against the Philadelphia Phillies in the nightcap of a 1940 doubleheader.

On This Date: Ex-College Hoopsters Make Their Mark on August 10 MLB Games

Extra! Extra! Read all about memorable major league baseball achievements and moments involving former college basketball players! Baseball is portrayed as a thinking man's game but only 4% of active MLB players earned college diplomas. Nonetheless, numerous ex-college hoopsters had front-row seats to many of the most notable games, transactions and dates in MLB history.

Unless you habitually pore over the content at baseballlibrary.com, baseballreference.com and nationalpastime.com, following is an August 10 calendar focusing on such versatile MLB athletes:

AUGUST 10

  • Philadelphia Phillies LF Ethan Allen (Cincinnati basketball letterman in 1924-25 and 1925-26) delivered three doubles en route to a N.L.-high 42 in a 5-3 loss against the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1934.

  • Pittsburgh Pirates LF Carson "Skeeter" Bigbee (Oregon letterman in 1915) posted his second five-hit game in less than two months in 1922.

  • Boston Braves rookie SS Alvin Dark (letterman for LSU and USL in mid-1940s) delivered four safeties for his fifth multiple-hit outing in a row in 1948.

  • St. Louis Cardinals 2B Frankie Frisch (Fordham captain) went 4-for-4 against the Chicago Cubs in a 1934 contest.

  • 1B-OF Dick Gernert (letterman with Temple in 1948-49 when he averaged 2.7 ppg) homered in the 10th inning to help catapult the Boston Red Sox to a 3-1 victory against the New York Yankees in 1952.

  • St. Louis Cardinals RHP Lindy McDaniel (played for Oklahoma's 1954-55 freshman squad) secured his seventh relief win in as many decisions covering a little more than five weeks in 1960.

  • Baltimore Orioles 3B Ryan Minor (two-time All-Big Eight Conference first-team selection for Oklahoma was league player of year as junior in 1994-95 when averaging 23.6 ppg and 8.4 rpg) manufactured a career-high three hits against the Tampa Bay Devil Rays in a 1999 outing.

  • In 1936, INF Buddy Myer (Mississippi State letterman in 1923-24), the defending A.L. batting champion, was sent home by the Washington Senators to recover from a season-long stomach ailment.

  • C Cal Neeman (Illinois Wesleyan's leading scorer in 1947-48 and 1948-49) purchased from the Cleveland Indians by the Washington Senators in 1963.

  • In the midst of five complete-game victories in less than a month in 1933, New York Giants RHP Roy Parmelee (Eastern Michigan letterman in 1924-25 and 1925-26) tossed a two-hit shutout against the Philadelphia Phillies.

  • Baltimore Orioles RHP Tim Stoddard (starting forward opposite All-American David Thompson for North Carolina State's 1974 NCAA champion) posted a win against the New York Yankees after notching saves in his previous four outings. Stoddard registered 14 consecutive scoreless relief appearances in September.

  • San Diego Padres RF Clint Venable (two-time All-Ivy League selection averaged 9.3 ppg under Princeton coach John Thompson III from 2001-02 through 2004-05) contributed three extra-base hits in a 9-5 triumph against the New York Mets in 2011.

  • Pittsburgh Pirates CF Bill Virdon (Drury MO hooper in 1949) tied a MLB mark by notching two assists in the seventh inning of the nightcap of a 1958 doubleheader against the Cincinnati Reds. Twenty-four years later in 1982, Virdon was fired as Houston Astros manager.

  • Milwaukee Braves RHP Jim Wilson (letterman for San Diego State's 1942 NAIA Tournament participant) fired a three-hit shutout against the St. Louis Cardinals, giving him his eighth win in a row in 1954.

On This Date: Ex-College Hoopsters Make Their Mark on August 9 MLB Games

Extra! Extra! Read all about memorable major league baseball achievements and moments involving former college basketball players! Baseball is portrayed as a thinking man's game but only 4% of active MLB players earned college diplomas. Nonetheless, numerous ex-college hoopsters had front-row seats to many of the most notable games, transactions and dates in MLB history.

Unless you habitually pore over the content at baseballlibrary.com, baseballreference.com and nationalpastime.com, following is an August 9 calendar focusing on such versatile MLB athletes:

AUGUST 9

  • Milwaukee Braves 1B Joe Adcock (Louisiana State's leading basketball scorer in 1945-46) drilled two homers in an 8-3 setback against the Los Angeles Dodgers in 1961.

  • Detroit Tigers C Mickey Cochrane (played for Boston University in early 1920s) collected four hits and five RBI against the St. Louis Browns in a 1934 game.

  • New York Mets RHP Roger Craig (forward with North Carolina State's 1949-50 freshman team) ended his N.L. record-tying 18-game losing streak by beating the Chicago Cubs, 7-3, thanks to OF Jim Hickman's ninth-inning grand slam off RHP Lindy McDaniel (played for Oklahoma's 1954-55 freshman squad). Craig was on the losing end of a shutout nine times in 1963.

  • New York Giants SS Alvin Dark (letterman for LSU and USL during World War II) extended his hitting streak to 17 games in 1951.

  • Chicago White Sox RHP Eddie Fisher (played for Oklahoma's 1954-55 freshman squad) tossed a three-hit shutout against the Los Angeles Angels in 1962, igniting a personal streak of five straight triumphs.

  • New York Giants 3B Frankie Frisch (Fordham captain) secured three extra-base hits against the St. Louis Cardinals in a 1923 outing. Nine years later as a Cards 2B, Frisch contributed four hits and four runs against the Philadelphia Phillies in a 1932 contest.

  • St. Louis Cardinals SS Charlie Gelbert (scored at least 125 points each of last three seasons in late 1920s for Lebanon Valley PA) generated four hits against the Philadelphia Phillies in a 1932 game.

  • Cincinnati Reds 1B Harvey Hendrick (Vanderbilt letterman in 1918) delivered four hits in a 9-8 win against the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1932.

  • Cleveland Indians DH David Justice (led Thomas More KY in assists in 1984-85) smacked two homers against the Texas Rangers in the nightcap of a 1997 doubleheader.

  • Los Angeles Dodgers 2B Davey Lopes (NAIA All-District 15 selection for Iowa Wesleyan averaged 16.9 ppg as freshman in 1964-65 and 12.1 ppg as sophomore in 1965-66) set new MLB record by stealing his 32nd consecutive base without being caught in 1975.

  • Cleveland Indians 2B Dutch Meyer (TCU letterman in 1934-35 and 1935-36) manufactured four hits in a 3-2 loss against the New York Yankees in 1945.

  • RF Bill Nicholson (played for Washington College MD in mid-1930s) traded by the Philadelphia Athletics to the Washington Senators in 1938.

  • Kansas City Athletics LF Norm Siebern (member of Southwest Missouri squads capturing back-to-back NAIA Tournament titles in 1952 and 1953) homered in both ends of a 1960 twinbill against the Washington Senators. Siebern stroked four hits and scored four runs the previous day against the Senators.

  • Boston Braves rookie C Ebba St. Claire (Colgate letterman in 1941-42) tied a N.L. backstop standard by participating in three double plays in a single game in 1951.

  • Atlanta Braves LHP George Stone (averaged 14.7 ppg and 6.5 rpg for Louisiana Tech in 1964-65 and 1965-66) hurled a six-hit shutout against the Houston Astros in 1972.

  • Detroit Tigers 2B Gary Sutherland (averaged 7.4 ppg with USC in 1963-64) had his sixth straight multiple-hit outing in the midst of a career-high 15-game hitting streak.

  • Boston Red Sox rookie 3B Jim Tabor (Alabama letterman in 1936-37) knocked in five runs in a 1938 contest against the Philadelphia Athletics.

  • Boston Red Sox 3B Billy Werber (first Duke All-American in 1929-30) went 4-for-4 against the Washington Senators in a 1936 outing.

On This Date: Ex-College Hoopsters Make Their Mark on August 8 MLB Games

Extra! Extra! Read all about memorable major league baseball achievements and moments involving former college basketball players! Baseball is portrayed as a thinking man's game but only 4% of active MLB players earned college diplomas. Nonetheless, numerous ex-college hoopsters had front-row seats to many of the most notable games, transactions and dates in MLB history.

Unless you habitually pore over the content at baseballlibrary.com, baseballreference.com and nationalpastime.com, following is an August 8 calendar focusing on such versatile MLB athletes:

AUGUST 8

  • Milwaukee Braves 1B Joe Adcock (Louisiana State's leading basketball scorer in 1945-46) launched two homers against the St. Louis Cardinals in the opener of a 1956 twinbill.

  • Detroit Tigers rookie 1B Dale Alexander (starting center in mid-1920s for Milligan TN) went 5-for-5 in a 9-6 win against the Cleveland Indians in 1929. Two years later, Alexander contributed four hits in a 7-1 victory against the Indians.

  • Chicago Cubs 2B Joey Amalfitano (played for Loyola Marymount in 1952-53) contributed a career-high four hits in a 14-10 triumph against the New York Mets in 1965.

  • Chicago Cubs CF Frankie Baumholtz (MVP in 1941 NIT and first player in Ohio University history to score 1,000 career points) had career-high 16-game hitting streak snapped by his original team (the Cincinnati Reds) in the nightcap of a 1951 doubleheader.

  • Chicago Cubs 2B Glenn Beckert (three-year letterman for Allegheny PA) collected seven hits against the San Francisco Giants in a 1971 twinbill split.

  • Boston Red Sox RHP Gene Conley (All-PCC first-team selection led North Division in scoring in 1949-50 as Washington State sophomore) tossed a four-hit shutout against the Cleveland Indians in 1962.

  • St. Louis Cardinals 2B Frankie Frisch (Fordham captain) furnished four hits against the Chicago Cubs in a 1931 game.

  • Kansas City Royals RHP Rich Gale (led New Hampshire with 7.2 rpg in 1975-76) hurled a four-hit shutout against the Toronto Blue Jays in 1980.

  • Brooklyn Dodgers rookie 1B Gil Hodges (played for St. Joseph's IN in 1943 and Oakland City IN in 1947 and 1948) amassed two homers and five RBI against the Cincinnati Reds in a 1948 contest.

  • Kansas City Royals 1B Gail Hopkins (averaged 2.5 ppg with Pepperdine in 1963-64) went 4-for-4 against the Milwaukee Brewers in a 1971 outing.

  • Atlanta Braves rookie RF David Justice (led Thomas More KY in assists in 1984-85) jacked two homers against the San Diego Padres for the second game in a row in 1990.

  • New York Yankees LF Charlie Keller (Maryland letterman from 1934-35 through 1936-37) went 4-for-4 with three doubles against the Philadelphia Athletics in a 1941 game.

  • SS Gene Michael (Kent State's leading scorer with 14 ppg in 1957-58) stroked a two-out single in the ninth inning to give the New York Yankees a 3-2 victory against the Texas Rangers in 1973.

  • RF Bill Nicholson (played for Washington College MD in mid-1930s) pounded an 11th-inning homer to propel the Chicago Cubs to a 2-1 triumph against the Cincinnati Reds in 1947.

  • Atlanta Braves RHP Ron Reed (Notre Dame's leading rebounder in 1963-64 and 1964-65) fired a 10-inning shutout against the New York Mets, triggering a streak where he won nine of his final 11 starts of the 1969 campaign.

  • Philadelphia Phillies RHP Robin Roberts (Michigan State's second-leading scorer in 1945-46 and 1946-47) won his eighth straight decision and fourth game in 10 days in 1956.

  • Baltimore Orioles LF Larry Sheets (All-ODAC selection in 1981-82 and 1982-83 with Eastern Mennonite VA) socked two homers in each of back-to-back games against the Texas Rangers in 1987.

  • Baltimore Orioles RHP Tim Stoddard (starting forward opposite All-American David Thompson for North Carolina State's 1974 NCAA champion) notched his fourth save in as many relief appearances during a 12-game scoreless stretch in 1980.

  • Detroit Tigers RF-1B Champ Summers (led SIUE in scoring in 1969-70 after doing same with Nicholls State in 1964-65) knocked in five runs against the Texas Rangers in the opener of a 1979 doubleheader.

  • New York Yankees RF Dave Winfield (starting forward for Minnesota's first NCAA playoff team in 1972) collected two homers and six RBI against the Cleveland Indians in the opener of a 1985 twinbill.

  • New York Giants 1B Babe Young (Fordham letterman in 1935-36) homered in his fourth consecutive contest in 1941.

Globe Trotters: Australian Guards Attending Saint Mary's Boasted Best Chance

As professionals continue to assert themselves in the previously amateur-only Olympics, active foreign players enrolled at U.S. colleges competing in the Games are becoming rare. In 2012 while participating in the XXX Olympiad, it was clear guards Matthew Dellavedova (Saint Mary's/from Australia) and Andrew Lawrence (College of Charleston/Great Britain) were going to be on the endangered species list before too long in the New World Order. Dellavedova and fellow Saint Mary's backcourter Patty Mills coupled with former NCAA national player of the year Andrew Bogut (Utah) gave Australia the best chance to offer a competitive game against the U.S. The Aussies led by five points at halftime against the Americans before bowing 98-88.

Five former U.S. college hoopsters in this "foreign" category who averaged more than 16 ppg in Olympic competition are Louisiana State's Eddie Palubinskas (25.6 for Australia), Washington's Detlef Schrempf (21 for West Germany/Germany), Seton Hall's Andrew Gaze (19.7 for Australia), Texas' Albert Almanza (17.2 for Mexico) and Houston's Carl Herrera (16.7 for Venezuela). Before professionals dominated the scene, following is a sampling of Olympians such as Domantas Sabonis (Gonzaga) who first played in the Games for countries other than the U.S. before or during a season attending an American university before becoming a pro (scoring average is for Olympic participation):

Foreign Player Pos. U.S. College Native Country Olympic Year(s) PPG.
Albert Almanza F Texas Mexico 1960 and 1964 17.2
Martin Ansa G Wagner Puerto Rico 1964 6.9
Uwe Blab C Indiana West Germany/Germany 1984 and 1992 7.1
Andrew Bogut F-C Utah Australia 2004, 2008 and 2016 13.2
Craig Bradshaw F-C Winthrop New Zealand 2004 3.0
Andy Campbell C Louisiana State Australia 1976 and 1984 3.7
Kresimir Cosic C Brigham Young Yugoslavia 1968, 1972, 1976 and 1980 11.0
Matthew Dellavedova G Saint Mary's Australia 2012 and 2016 TBD
Marcel de Souza F Bradley Brazil 1980, 1984, 1988 and 1992 12.6
David Diaz G-F Houston Venezuela 1992 3.7
Mark Dickel G UNLV New Zealand 2000 and 2004 9.0
Raul Duarte F Iowa State Peru 1964 9.0
Andrew Gaze G-F Seton Hall Australia 1984, 1988, 1992, 1996 and 2000 19.7
Joaquim Gomes F Valparaiso Angola 2004 and 2008 7.5
Cameron Hall F Duke Canada 1976 4.4
Lars Hansen C Washington Canada 1976 13.7
Carl Herrera F Houston Venezuela 1992 16.7
Arturas Karnishovas F Seton Hall Lithuania 1992 and 1996 13.4
Andrew Lawrence G College of Charleston Great Britain 2012 TBD
Alfred "Butch" Lee G Marquette Puerto Rico 1976 16.0
Marcos Leite F Pepperdine Brazil 1972, 1976, 1980 and 1984 14.3
Kari Liimo F Brigham Young Finland 1964 14.7
Luc Longley C New Mexico Australia 1988, 1992 and 2000 7.3
Francisco "Kiko" Martinez F New Mexico State Mexico 1936 TBD
Dan Meagher F Duke Canada 1984 5.3
Patrick Mills G Saint Mary's Australia 2008, 2012 and 2016 14.2
Kai Nurnberger G Southern Illinois Germany 1988 and 1992 3.5
Edgar Padilla G Massachusetts Puerto Rico 1996 4.4
Eddie Palubinskas G Louisiana State Australia 1972 and 1976 25.6
Alvydaz Pazdrazdis F McNeese State Lithuania 1992 2.3
Kirk Penney G Wisconsin New Zealand 2000 and 2004 8.9
Ramon Ramos C Seton Hall Puerto Rico 1988 8.3
Ramon Rivas C Temple Puerto Rico 1988, 1992 and 1996 7.6
Henrik Rodl G North Carolina Germany 1992 6.0
Domantas Sabonis C Gonzaga Lithuania 2016 TBD
Detlef Schrempf F Washington West Germany/Germany 1984 and 1992 21.0
Darius Songaila F Wake Forest Lithuania 2000 and 2004 9.0
Carmelo Travieso G Massachusetts Puerto Rico 1996 8.0
Andrew Vlahov F Stanford Australia 1988, 1992, 1996 and 2000 6.5
Christian Welp C Washington West Germany 1984 9.1
Bill Wennington C St. John's Canada 1984 7.0

On This Date: Ex-College Hoopsters Make Their Mark on August 7 MLB Games

Extra! Extra! Read all about memorable major league baseball achievements and moments involving former college basketball players! Baseball is portrayed as a thinking man's game but only 4% of active MLB players earned college diplomas. Nonetheless, numerous ex-college hoopsters had front-row seats to many of the most notable games, transactions and dates in MLB history.

Unless you habitually pore over the content at baseballlibrary.com, baseballreference.com and nationalpastime.com, following is an August 7 calendar focusing on such versatile MLB athletes:

AUGUST 7

  • Detroit Tigers rookie 1B Dale Alexander (starting basketball center in mid-1920s for Milligan TN) amassed three extra-base hits and six RBI in a 14-4 win against the Cleveland Indians in 1929.

  • Cleveland Indians SS Lou Boudreau (leading scorer for Illinois' 1937 Big Ten Conference co-champion) collected two homers and six RBI against the Chicago White Sox in a 1940 game.

  • St. Louis Cardinals RF Joe Ferguson (played in 1967 NCAA playoffs with Pacific) drilled two triples against the Philadelphia Phillies in a 1976 contest. Three years later with the Los Angeles Dodgers, Ferguson whacked two homers against the Houston Astros in a 1979 outing.

  • Brooklyn Robins LF Buddy Hassett (played for Manhattan teams winning school-record 17 consecutive contests in 1930 and 1931) went 4-for-4 against the Cincinnati Reds in the nightcap of a 1938 doubleheader.

  • Washington Senators rookie RHP Bucky Jacobs (member of undefeated team in 1935 was among Richmond's top two scorers each of next two seasons) earned his lone MLB victory (against the Detroit Tigers in the nightcap of a 1937 twinbill).

  • Atlanta Braves rookie RF David Justice (led Thomas More KY in assists in 1984-85) went 4-for-4 with two homers against the San Diego Padres in the nightcap of a 1990 twinbill. Ten years later as a LF with the New York Yankees, Justice smacked two homers against the Seattle Mariners in a 2000 game.

  • Cleveland Indians CF Kenny Lofton (Arizona's leader in steals for 1988 Final Four team compiling 35-3 record) went 4-for-4 against the Baltimore Orioles in a 1993 contest.

  • 2B Dutch Meyer (TCU letterman in 1934-35 and 1935-36) traded by the New York Giants to the Detroit Tigers in 1940.

  • St. Louis Cardinals LF Wally Moon (averaged 4.3 ppg with Texas A&M in 1948-49 and 1949-50) went 5-for-5 against the Cincinnati Reds in a 1956 game.

  • RHP Joe Niekro (averaged 8.9 ppg and 3.8 rpg for West Liberty WV from 1963-64 through 1965-66) awarded off waivers from the Detroit Tigers to the Atlanta Braves in 1973.

  • RF Jim Northrup (second-leading scorer and third-leading rebounder for Alma MI in 1958-59) shipped by the Detroit Tigers to the Montreal Expos as part of a conditional deal in 1974.

  • In 1987, Detroit Tigers RHP Jeff Robinson (two-time NAIA All-District 3 honoree in early 1980s left Azusa Pacific CA as its No. 9 all-time scorer) blanked the New York Yankees, 8-0, retiring the last 24 batters in a row.

  • Boston Red Sox rookie RHP Don Schwall (All-Big Seven Conference second-team selection led Oklahoma won seventh straight start, improving his record to 13-2 in 1961.

  • Cleveland Indians 2B Riggs Stephenson (Alabama letterman in 1920) went 4-for-4 against the New York Yankees in a 1924 contest.

  • In 1990, California Angels RF Dave Winfield (starting forward with Minnesota's first NCAA playoff team in 1972) delivered his 2,500th career hit.

Tackling College Basketball's Meaningful Impact on NFL Hall of Fame

College basketball boasts a significant presence during the Pro Football Hall of Fame enshrinement weekend in Canton, Ohio. In 2017, Chattanooga's Terrell Owens is expected to join the following alphabetical list of former college hoopers comprising about 10% of the gridiron HOF members:

DOUG ATKINS, Tennessee
Member of College Football Hall of Fame and Pro Football Hall of Fame. Eight-time Pro Bowl participant played 17 NFL seasons (1953 through 1969) as a defensive end with the Cleveland Browns, Chicago Bears and New Orleans Saints. He was a first-round NFL draft selection (11th pick overall) after competing in two Cotton Bowls and one Sugar Bowl. . . . Atkins originally enrolled on a basketball scholarship at Tennessee, where he played one season of varsity basketball before concentrating on football. The 6-5, 210-pound center averaged 9.9 points per game for the 1950-51 Volunteers, ranking third on the team in scoring. He was selected by the Minneapolis Lakers in the 1953 NBA draft.

MORRIS "RED" BADGRO, Southern California
Member of Pro Football Hall of Fame was an offensive and defensive end with the New York Yankees (1927 and 1928), New York Giants (1930 through 1935) and Brooklyn Dodgers (1936) in a nine-year NFL career that was interrupted by a stint in major league baseball. Hit .257 in two seasons (1929 and 1930) as an outfielder with the St. Louis Browns after becoming a three-time All-Pro with the Giants. . . . Earned varsity basketball letters for the Trojans in 1924-25 and 1926-27. Named to the first five on the All-Pacific Coast Conference team as a forward in 1926-27 when he was USC's MVP.

CLIFF BATTLES, West Virginia Wesleyan College
Halfback became member of College Football and Pro Football Halls of Fame. Led the NFL in rushing as a rookie with Boston in 1932 and in his final season with Washington in 1937. First NFL player to rush for 200 yards in a game (215 yards in 16 carries for the Boston Redskins against the New York Giants in 1933). . . . The 6-1, 195-pounder played four seasons of varsity basketball in college.

SAMMY BAUGH, Texas Christian
Member of College Football and Pro Football Halls of Fame is considered by many as the finest quarterback in history. Consensus All-American in 1936. Passed for 21,886 yards and 186 touchdowns in 16 years (1937 through 1952) with the Washington Redskins. First-round pick led the NFL in passing five times, in punting five times and in pass interceptions once. Five-time All-Pro participant held almost all of the NFL's passing records when he retired. His 44-yard gallop was the longest run from scrimmage in a 3-2 victory over LSU in the 1936 Sugar Bowl before helping the Horned Frogs defeat Marquette, 16-6, in the 1937 Cotton Bowl. . . . Three-year letterman in basketball at TCU was an honorable mention selection on the All-Southwest Conference team as a senior in 1936-37.

BOBBY BELL, Minnesota
Member of the College Football Hall of Fame and Pro Football Hall of Fame. He was a consensus All-American choice as a tackle and winner of the Outland Award as the nation's outstanding interior lineman in 1962. Selected in the seventh round of the 1963 AFL draft by the Dallas Texans. As a linebacker, the nine-time All-Pro selection intercepted 25 passes in his 12-year career with the Kansas City Chiefs. Bell played in two Super Bowls (I and IV). . . . He became the first African-American basketball player for Minnesota when he appeared in three games in the 1960-61 season, collecting four points and four rebounds.

JIM BROWN, Syracuse
Movie actor is member of College Football Hall of Fame and Pro Football Hall of Fame. Earned All-American honors in football and lacrosse. Averaged 6.2 yards per carry as a senior in 1956 and scored 43 points in a game against Colgate. Co-MVP in 1957 Cotton Bowl. The first-round draft choice established NFL career records for yards rushing (12,312), rushing attempts (2,359), rushing average (5.2 per carry), touchdowns (126) and years leading league in rushing (eight) in his nine seasons (1957 through 1965) with the Cleveland Browns. Nine-time Pro Bowl selection. . . . Averaged 14 ppg for the Orangemen basketball team as a sophomore and 11.3 as a junior. He is reluctant to specifically say why he quit the team before his senior season when Syracuse participated in the NCAA Tournament for the first time, but indicated it was because of a racial quota. "Well, they basically didn't want to start more than two blacks (Vinnie Cohen and Manny Breland) although nobody could outrun, outjump or outshoot me," said Brown, who was selected in the ninth round of the 1957 NBA draft by the Syracuse Nationals. "It really was a tragedy the way athletics were handled there at the time," said Cohen, who went on to become a Washington, D.C., lawyer for 40 years. Excerpt from school guide: "Brownie is a powerfully built youth, who helps under the boards, and is an excellent shot as well." His son Jimmy, a two-time All-MEAC first-team selection, played for three NCAA Tournament teams with North Carolina A&T from 1983 through 1985 after transferring from Southern Cal and was the Aggies' leading scorer as a senior with 18.2 ppg.

JUNIOUS "BUCK" BUCHANAN, Grambling
Pro Football Hall of Famer was the first pick overall in the 1962 AFL draft by the Dallas Texans. The 6-7, 285-pound defensive tackle missed only one game because of injury in his 13-year pro career, which included a streak of eight consecutive seasons being named to either the AFL All-Star Team or NFL Pro Bowl. Instrumental in the Kansas City Chiefs' victory over the heavily-favored Minnesota Vikings in Super Bowl IV. . . . Concentrated solely on football after earning a basketball letter as a freshman in 1958-59. Buchanan and teammate Ernie Ladd both intended on only playing basketball for Grambling before legendary coach Eddie Robinson kept both from transferring by allegedly giving them a key to the cafeteria's kitchen so they could go there and eat whenever they were hungry if the pair would come out for the football squad.

EARL "DUTCH" CLARK, Colorado College
Member of College Football and Pro Football Halls of Fame. Halfback and quarterback was named to All-NFL team in six of his seven seasons with Portsmouth (1931 and 1932) and Detroit (1934 through 1938). Led the NFL in scoring in 1932, 1935 and 1936. Player-coach of Detroit in 1937 and 1938) and head coach of Cleveland Rams from 1939 through 1942. First-team QB on the 1928 AP All-American team. Scored at least one touchdown in 21 consecutive college football games. . . . The 6-0, 180-pounder was an All-Rocky Mountain Conference choice in basketball all four seasons (first team as a freshman and senior, second team as a junior and third team as a sophomore). Sketch in Spalding Official Guide: "There isn't a man who could match Clark as a floor guard. The best dribbler ever to bounce a ball in the conference."

GEORGE CONNOR, Holy Cross/Notre Dame
Member of College Football and Pro Football Halls of Fame was Outland Trophy winner (outstanding interior lineman) as a tackle on Notre Dame's 1946 national championship team. Consensus All-American football choice in 1946 and 1947. Earned All-America honors as a tackle at Holy Cross in 1943 before transferring to Notre Dame. First-round draft choice by the New York Giants in 1946 (5th pick overall). Played offensive/defensive tackle and linebacker with the Chicago Bears for eight years from 1948 through 1955, earning All-NFL first-team honors from 1949 through 1953. . . . Averaged 2.5 points per game as a 6-3, 225-pound center on the Irish's 1946-47 basketball team. Basketball letterman with Holy Cross in 1943 and 1944.

LEN DAWSON, Purdue
Member of Pro Football Hall of Fame completed 2,136 passes for 28,731 yards and 239 touchdowns in 19 seasons (1957 through 1975) with the Cleveland Browns, Dallas Texans and Kansas City Chiefs. First-round draft choice of the Pittsburgh Steelers went on to become a seven-time All-Pro. Quarterbacked the Chiefs to victory over Minnesota in Super Bowl following 1969 season. . . . Played in two games as a 6-0, 180-pound guard for Purdue's basketball team in the 1956-57 campaign.

MIKE DITKA, Pittsburgh
Member of College Football and Pro Football Halls of Fame. The tight end caught 427 passes for 5,812 yards and 43 touchdowns in 12 NFL seasons (1961 through 1972) with the Chicago Bears, Philadelphia Eagles and Dallas Cowboys. The first-round draft choice participated in two Super Bowls with Dallas (V and VI) after playing five Pro Bowls with the Bears (1962 through 1966). Coached Super Bowl winner in 1985 season when the Bears compiled an 18-1 overall record. Registered a 112-68 mark in 11 years (1982-92) as coach of the Bears. Coached the New Orleans Saints in the late 1990s between stints as a network analyst. . . . The 6-2, 205-pound forward averaged 2.8 points and 2.6 rebounds per game in two seasons with the Panthers (1958-59 and 1959-60) after playing in high school under Press Maravich, the father of Pete Maravich, the NCAA's all-time leading scorer. Sketch in school basketball guide: "A natural athlete who never quits. If Pitt wins a few games, there is a good chance he will be in the thick of things."

WILBUR "WEEB" EWBANK, Miami (Ohio)
Member of Pro Football Hall of Fame is the only head coach to win championships in both the NFL (Baltimore Colts in 1958 and 1959) and AFL (New York Jets in 1968). . . . Two-year basketball letterman for Miami (1926-27 and 1927-28) compiled a 5-13 record as head basketball coach at his alma mater in 1938-39 and an 8-12 mark as Brown's head basketball coach in 1946-47.

OTTO GRAHAM, Northwestern
Member of College Football and Pro Football Halls of Fame. Quarterback earned All-American honors and finished third in Heisman Trophy voting as a senior in 1943. First-round draft choice of the Detroit Lions in 1944 (4th pick overall). Played 10 seasons (1946 through 1955) with the Cleveland Browns and quarterbacked team to championship game each year (All-America Football Conference from 1946 through 1949 and NFL from 1950 through 1955). Compiled a 105-17-4 playing record in regular-season pro competition, completing 1,464 of 2,626 passes for 23,584 yards and 174 touchdowns. Five-time Pro Bowl selection (1951 through 1955). Compiled a 17-22-3 record as coach of the Washington Redskins in three years from 1966 through 1968. . . . Played three seasons of varsity basketball, finishing second in the Big Ten Conference in scoring as a sophomore (13.1 ppg) and as a junior (15.8). The 6-0 forward earned second-team All-Big Ten honors in 1941-42 and first five honors in 1942-43. Also played for Colgate as a senior. NCAA consensus first-team All-American in 1944 and second-team All-American in 1943. Left Northwestern with the highest scoring total in school history with more than 600 points. Played one season with the Rochester Royals in the National Basketball League, averaging 5.2 points per game for the 1945-46 squad that won the NBL title.

HARRY "BUD" GRANT, Minnesota
Former NFL and CFL end and coach. First-round choice by the Philadelphia Eagles in the 1950 NFL draft. Played with Philadelphia in 1951 and 1952 and Winnipeg of the CFL from 1953 through 1956. Caught 272 passes for 4,197 yards and 20 touchdowns in six pro seasons, leading the CFL in pass receptions in 1953 (with 68), 1954 (49) and 1956 (63). Coached Winnipeg in the CFL (1957-66) and Minnesota in the NFL (1967-85). Coach of four CFL champions and four NFL Super Bowl teams. . . . Third-leading scorer for the Gophers' basketball squad in 1948-49 (8.5 ppg) after being named team MVP the previous season over first-team All-American Jim McIntyre. Finished 13th in the Big Ten Conference in scoring in 1946-47 with a 9.3 average. Played two seasons in the NBA, including a rookie year when he was a member of the Lakers' 1950 championship team.

GEORGE HALAS, Illinois
Member of Pro Football Hall of Fame compiled a 324-151-31 record as an NFL coach, guiding the Chicago Bears to seven NFL titles. His 40-year NFL coaching career also included stints with the Decatur/Chicago Staleys. MVP of the 1919 Rose Bowl as an end for Great Lakes. . . . The 6-0, 175-pound Halas, known for his gritty defense, was a starting guard for the Illini team that won the Big Ten Conference basketball title in 1916-17 with a 10-2 record. He was captain of the squad the next season before entering the armed forces in mid-January. He was also an outfielder in 12 games for the New York Yankees in 1919.

MEL HEIN, Washington State
Hall of Fame charter member played with the New York Giants for 15 years from 1931 through 1945. In 1994, Hein was named to the NFL's all-time 75-year anniversary team. Eight-time All-NFL center scored a touchdown in 1938 when he was named the league's MVP. In college, he intercepted eight passes in a game against Idaho. . . . The 6-2, 220-pounder was a basketball letterman in 1930 after leading WSU to a Rose Bowl bid. He was supervisor of officials for the American Football Conference of the NFL until his retirement.

ELROY "CRAZY LEGS" HIRSCH, Wisconsin/Michigan
Member of College Football and Pro Football Halls of Fame. First-round draft choice by Cleveland in 1945 (5th pick overall). Played halfback, defensive back and offensive end as a pro with the Chicago Rockets of the All-America Football Conference from 1946 through 1948 and Los Angeles Rams of the NFL from 1949 through 1957. Caught 387 passes and scored 66 touchdowns as a pro. Played in four NFL championship games. Held the Rams' team record for most touchdown receptions for almost 40 years until it was broken by Isaac Bruce in 2001. . . . Starting center for the Wolverines' basketball team in 1944 while undergoing military training there. Sketch in Michigan guide: "Naval transfer from Wisconsin was a big aid, chiefly through his flaming competitive spirit."

PAUL HORNUNG, Notre Dame
Member of College Football and Pro Football Halls of Fame earned All-American honors as a quarterback in 1955 and 1956. Only Heisman Trophy winner to play for a losing team (2-8 as a senior). First pick overall in the NFL draft as a bonus selection. Played nine seasons as a halfback/placekicker with the Green Bay Packers, leading the NFL in scoring in 1959, 1960 and 1961. He rushed for 3,711 yards and 50 touchdowns and caught 130 passes for 1,480 yards and 12 touchdowns. Played in five NFL championship games and two Pro Bowls (1960 and 1961). . . . Played varsity basketball for the Irish as a sophomore, averaging 6.1 points per game in 10 contests. Wrote Hornung in his autobiography Golden Boy: "(Coach Johnny) Jordan liked to tip a few, and sometimes, on the road, he'd take me out drinking with him. He could do that because I wasn't on basketball scholarship."

MARV LEVY, Coe (Iowa)
Hall of Famer (elected in 2001) compiled a 143-112 record as coach of the Kansas City Chiefs (1978-82) and Buffalo Bills (1986-97). He had a 17-5 mark against Don Shula, the winningest coach in NFL history. Posted an 11-8 postseason mark with the Bills en route to becoming the only NFL coach to win four consecutive league or conference championships. But he lost four straight Super Bowls. He was special teams coach of the Washington Redskins' 1972 Super Bowl entrant. Also served as head coach for three colleges--New Mexico (14-6 record in two years in 1958 and 1959), California (8-29-3 record in four years from 1960 through 1963) and William & Mary (23-25-2 in five years from 1964 through 1968). . . . Coached basketball one season for his alma mater in 1955-56. The team compiled a 20-5 record, won the Midwest Collegiate Conference with a 14-2 mark and lost to Stephen F. Austin, 74-62, in the first round of the NAIA Tournament. Levy earned a basketball letter with the 1949-50 Coe squad that posted a 3-14 mark.

RONNIE LOTT, Southern California
Unanimous All-American defensive back played 15 seasons in the NFL with the San Francisco 49ers, Los Angeles Raiders, New York Jets and Kansas City Chiefs (1981 through 1995). Intercepted 14 passes for the Trojans (two for touchdowns) before intercepting 63 passes in regular-season NFL competition and nine in the postseason. First-round draft choice played in 10 Pro Bowl games and four Super Bowls. . . . Collected nine assists, four points and three rebounds in six games for the Trojans' basketball squad as a junior in 1979-80.

JOHN MACKEY, Syracuse
Three-time All-Pro tight end became an NFL Hall of Famer after being a second-round draft choice by the Baltimore Colts in 1963. The 6-2, 220-pounder caught 331 passes for 5,236 yards and 38 touchdowns in 10 seasons. Six of his nine TD catches in 1966 came on plays of more than 50 yards. He grabbed a deflected pass from Johnny Unitas for a 75-yard TD in Super Bowl V after having three pass receptions in Super Bowl III. . . . Mackey collected 28 points and 28 rebounds in six basketball games with the Orangemen in 1960-61.

GEORGE MUSSO, Millikin (Ill.)
Member of Pro Football Hall of Fame played for seven divisional winners and four NFL title teams. The 6-2, 270-pound guard and tackle played for 12 seasons (1933 through 1944) with the Chicago Bears. As a collegian, he played against future President Ronald Reagan, who attended Eureka. As a member of the Bears in 1935, Musso played against future President Gerald Ford in the Bears-College All-Star Game in Chicago. . . . Three-year basketball letterman in college.

EARLE "GREASY" NEALE, West Virginia Wesleyan College
Pro Football Hall of Famer compiled a 63-43 record as coach of the Philadelphia Eagles for 10 years from 1941 through 1950, winning back-to-back NFL titles by shutting out their opponents in championship games in 1948 and 1949. Guided Washington and Jefferson (Pa.) to the 1922 Rose Bowl before coaching Virginia and West Virginia. He starred as an end on Jim Thorpe's pre-World War I Canton Bulldogs. Also played as a major league outfielder with the Cincinnati Reds for eight years from 1916 to 1924, hitting .357 in the infamous "Black Sox" 1919 World Series. . . . Class of 1915 at WVWC.

ERNIE NEVERS, Stanford
Member of College Football and Pro Football Halls of Fame. He was a consensus All-American selection as a senior fullback in 1925 before rushing for 37 touchdowns in five NFL seasons with the Duluth Eskimos (1926 and 1927) and Chicago Cardinals (1929 through 1931). Set NFL record with a 40-point game against the Chicago Bears in 1929. Co-MVP of the 1925 Rose Bowl. . . . Compiled a 6-12 pitching record in three seasons (1926 through 1928) with the St. Louis Browns. He yielded two of Babe Ruth's record-tying 60 home runs in 1927. . . . Lettered in basketball for Stanford as a sophomore and junior. Named to the All-Pacific Coast Conference second five as a junior in 1924-25. Historians say he was a fine shooter, an excellent dribbler, tough on defense, and generally a terrifying figure for the opposition. The Spalding Basketball Guide said: "He is almost as good a basketball player as he is a football star. With his speed, weight and general all-around ability, he was a stellar performer."

CLARENCE "ACE" PARKER, Duke
College Hall of Famer led the Blue Devils to a three-year record of 24-5 in the mid-1930s, serving as team captain in his final season in 1936 when they went 9-1. After playing a variety of positions (quarterback, tailback, defensive back and punter), was a second-round choice in the 1937 NFL draft (13th overall). Passed for 3,935 yards and 22 touchdowns, rushed for 1,108 yards and 10 TDs and punted for a 39.5-yard average with the Brooklyn Dodgers/Boston Yanks in six years from 1937 through 1941 and 1945. Three-time consensus All-Pro led the NFL in passing yards in 1938 with 865. He paced the league with six interceptions in 1940 when he was named NFL Most Valuable Player. . . . Basketball letterman for the Blue Devils in 1935-36. Also played major league baseball with the Philadelphia Athletics.

ART SHELL, Maryland-Eastern Shore
Member of Pro Football Hall of Fame was head coach of the Los Angeles Raiders for six years from 1989 through 1994. Offensive tackle for the Raiders from 1968 through 1982 played in eight Pro Bowls (1973 through 1979 and 1981) after being picked in the third round. Participated in Super Bowls XI and XV. . . . Two-year basketball letterman as a 6-5, 265-pound center at school that was then known as Maryland State College. Sketch from school guide: "Pure muscle. Amazing agility. Uncompromising under the boards, nobody pushes big Art without a battle."

ROGER STAUBACH, Navy
Member of College Football and Pro Football Halls of Fame won Heisman Trophy in 1963. Passed for 3,571 yards and rushed for 682 in his career at Navy (1962 through 1964). Quarterback in four Super Bowls during his 11 seasons with the Dallas Cowboys. Six-time Pro Bowl selection passed for 22,700 yards and 153 touchdowns after being a 10th-round draft choice in 1964. . . . Averaged 9.3 ppg for the 1961-62 Navy plebe (freshman) basketball team. The 6-2, 190-pound forward scored five points in four games for Midshipmen varsity squad the next season.

JOE STYDAHAR, West Virginia
Member of College Football and Pro Football Halls of Fame. Earned All-American honors as a 6-4, 230-pound tackle in 1935. Played nine seasons (1936 through 1942, 1945, and 1946) with the Chicago Bears after being their first-round pick in the first NFL draft. Named to All-NFL team four times from 1937 through 1940. Coached Los Angeles Rams (1950-51) and Chicago Cardinals (1953-54), leading Rams to 1951 NFL title. In 1934, he he set a school record with seven blocked punts, including three for touchdowns. Participated in both the East-West Shrine Game and College Football All-Star Game in Chicago. . . . Three-year basketball letterman was captain of the Mountaineers' 1934-35 team that compiled a 16-6 record. Selected as a center to the first five on West Virginia's Pre-World War II team that was named as part of the university's all-time basketball squad.

EMLEN TUNNELL, Toledo
Member of Pro Football Hall of Fame played in nine Pro Bowl games (1951 through 1958 and 1960). Defensive back established career records for interceptions (79), yards gained on interceptions (1,282) and yards gained on punt returns (2,209) in 14 seasons (1948 through 1961) with the New York Giants and Green Bay Packers. . . . The 6-1, 180-pound forward was a top reserve for the 1942-43 Toledo basketball team compiling a 22-4 record and finishing second in the NIT.

DOAK WALKER, Southern Methodist
Member of both the College Football and Pro Football Hall of Fame. SMU legend was a three-time All-American halfback and the school's only Heisman Trophy winner (as a junior in 1948). Finished third in Heisman voting in 1947 and 1949. Scored 38 touchdowns in his four-year SMU career, including two kickoff returns in 1947. Walker rushed for 1,928 yards in college, passed for 1,654, caught passes for 454 and returned eight interceptions for 176. He was also a punter and placekicker for the Mustangs. Co-MVP in back-to-back Cotton Bowls (1948 and 1949). First-round choice by the New York Bulldogs in the 1949 NFL draft (3rd pick overall). Walker rushed for 1,520 yards and 12 touchdowns in six years with the Detroit Lions (1950 through 1955), leading the NFL in scoring as a rookie (128 points) and in his final season (96). Member of NFL championship teams in 1952 and 1953 scored on a 62-yard run in the '52 title game. Five-time Pro Bowl selection (1951-52-54-55-56). . . . Walker was a basketball letterman in 1945-46 with SMU as a freshman.

LARRY RAYFIELD WRIGHT, Fort Valley State (Ga.)
Seventh-round draft choice played with the Dallas Cowboys for 13 years from 1967 through 1979. All-Pro offensive tackle six straight seasons from 1971 through 1976. Caught a touchdown pass as a tight end in 1968. Played in five Super Bowls (following 1970, 1971, 1975, 1977 and 1978 campaigns). . . . The 6-6, 245-pounder, an All-SIAC basketball player, averaged 17 ppg and 15 rpg as a junior and 21 ppg and 17.4 rpg as a senior.

On This Date: Ex-College Hoopsters Make Their Mark on August 6 MLB Games

Extra! Extra! Read all about memorable major league baseball achievements and moments involving former college basketball players! Baseball is portrayed as a thinking man's game but only 4% of active MLB players earned college diplomas. Nonetheless, numerous ex-college hoopsters had front-row seats to many of the most notable games, transactions and dates in MLB history.

Unless you habitually pore over the content at baseballlibrary.com, baseballreference.com and nationalpastime.com, following is an August 6 calendar focusing on such versatile MLB athletes:

AUGUST 6

  • In a 1932 game, 1B Dale Alexander (starting basketball center for Milligan TN in mid-1920s) provided a single for the Boston Red Sox' lone safety off Wes Ferrell of the Cleveland Indians.

  • Pittsburgh Pirates 1B Donn Clendenon (four-sport letterman with Morehouse GA) went 4-for-4 against the Cincinnati Reds in a 1966 contest.

  • Mickey Cochrane (Boston University player in early 1920s) fired as Detroit Tigers manager in 1938.

  • Cincinnati Reds rookie CF Harry Craft (four-sport letterman with Mississippi College in early 1930s) cracked a grand slam in an 11-6 triumph against the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1938.

  • New York Giants SS Alvin Dark (letterman for LSU and USL in mid-1940s) whacked two homers in a 1954 game against the Milwaukee Braves.

  • New York Giants 3B Frankie Frisch (Fordham captain) provided four hits against the Cincinnati Reds in the opener of a 1923 twinbill. Thirteen years later as a St. Louis Cardinals 2B, Frisch collected four hits against the Chicago Cubs in a 1936 outing.

  • San Diego Padres RF Tony Gwynn (All-WAC second-team selection with San Diego State in 1979-80 and 1980-81) went 4-for-5 in a 12-10 win against the Montreal Expos in 1999, posting the 3,000th hit of his MLB career.

  • LHP Mark Hendrickson (two time All-Pacific-10 Conference selection paced Washington State in rebounding four straight seasons from 1992-93 through 1995-96) made his MLB debut with the Toronto Blue Jays in 2002.

  • Los Angeles Dodgers LF Frank Howard (two-time All-Big Ten Conference first-team selection when leading Ohio State in scoring and rebounding in 1956-57 and 1957-58) delivered three extra-base hits against the Chicago Cubs in a 1961 game.

  • INF Davey Johnson (averaged 1.7 ppg with Texas A&M in 1961-62) traded by the Philadelphia Phillies to the Chicago Cubs in 1978.

  • San Francisco Giants 1B-OF Rick Leach (averaged 15.5 ppg for Michigan's junior varsity team in 1975-76) suspended for 60 days in 1990 following a positive drug test.

  • New York Yankees RHP Lindy McDaniel (played for Oklahoma's 1954-55 freshman squad) posted his eighth save in last 10 relief appearances en route to 12 straight scoreless games in 1970.

  • Cleveland Indians RF Ed Morgan (Tulane letterman from 1923-24 through 1925-26) raised his batting average to .372 with back-to-back three-hit games.

  • Washington Senators 2B Buddy Myer (Mississippi State letterman in 1923-24) contributed three doubles among his four hits in a 13-11 victory against the New York Yankees in the opener of a 1929 doubleheader.

  • Detroit Tigers CF Jim Northrup (second-leading scorer and third-leading rebounder for Alma MI in 1958-59) went 4-for-4 against the Cleveland Indians in the opener of a 1972 twinbill.

  • 1B Jack Phillips (leading scorer for 14-1 Clarkson NY in 1942-43) purchased from the New York Yankees by the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1949.

  • Pittsburgh Pirates CF Bill Virdon (Drury MO hooper in 1949) knocked in five runs against the St. Louis Cardinals in a 1959 game.

  • San Francisco Giants RF Randy Winn (Santa Clara backcourtmate of eventual two-time NBA Most Valuable Player Steve Nash in 1993-94) went 4-for-4 against the Atlanta Braves in a 2008 contest.

Olympian Feats: History of U.S. Men's Basketball From Berlin to Rio

Summary of U.S. Men's Involvement in Olympics

Year Site U.S. Head Coach Record Medal
2016 Rio de Janeiro Mike Krzyzewski, Duke TBD TBD
2012 London Mike Krzyzewski, Duke 8-0 Gold
2008 Beijing Mike Krzyzewski, Duke 8-0 Gold
2004 Athens Larry Brown, Detroit Pistons 5-3 Bronze
2000 Melbourne Rudy Tomjanovich, Houston Rockets 8-0 Gold
1996 Atlanta Lenny Wilkens, Atlanta Hawks 8-0 Gold
1992 Barcelona Chuck Daly, New Jersey Nets 8-0 Gold
1988 Seoul John Thompson Jr., Georgetown 7-1 Bronze
1984 Los Angeles Bob Knight, Indiana 8-0 Gold
1980 Moscow Dave Gavitt, Providence U.S. did not compete
1976 Montreal Dean Smith, North Carolina 7-0 Gold
1972 Munich Hank Iba, Oklahoma State 8-1 Silver
1968 Mexico City Hank Iba, Oklahoma State 9-0 Gold
1964 Tokyo Hank Iba, Oklahoma State 9-0 Gold
1960 Rome Pete Newell, California 8-0 Gold
1956 Melbourne Gerald Tucker, Phillips 66ers 8-0 Gold
1952 Helsinki Warren Womble, Peoria Caterpillars 8-0 Gold
1948 London Omar Browning, Phillips 66ers 8-0 Gold
1936 Berlin James Needles, Universal Pictures 5-0 Gold

Genesis of Olympic Basketball Participation

Dr. James Naismith is credited for inventing the game of basketball in 1891, but it wasn't until June, 1932, in Geneva, Switzerland that an international federation was formed to focus solely on basketball. Three years later, the International Basketball Federation (FIBB) was officially recognized by the International Olympic Committee (IOC), helping pave the path for men's basketball to be implemented at the 1936 Berlin Summer Olympic Games. The FIBB is the forerunner of the International Basketball Federation (FIBA).

Naismith's protege, Dr. F.C. "Phog" Allen, was the driving force behind the addition of basketball to the Olympic Games. During the late 1920s and early 1930s, he conducted a personal crusade trying to coax Olympic officials to include the sport before it finally paid off.

In 1904, basketball was a new demonstration sport at the Summer Olympics in St. Louis, which also was part of the World's Fair the same year. Hiram College (Ohio), Wheaton College (Illinois) and the University of Latter Day Saints (known today as Brigham Young) were the three college teams invited to compete in what was officially called the "Olympic Collegiate Basketball Championship." Hiram finished the round-robin tournament 2-0 and was declared the champion and awarded the first Olympic gold medal in basketball.

The Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) was recognized as the organization that would be responsible for United States teams in international competitions when the U.S joined FIBA as a member in 1934. Various committees controlled the selection of the U.S. Olympic teams and coaching staffs. For instance, the Games Committee selected from eight teams at the 1960 Olympics Trials--three AAU squads, the NCAA Tournament champion, an NCAA university all-star team, an NCAA college all-star team, an Armed Forces all-star team, and a National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) all-star team.

Just prior to the 1972 Olympics, FIBA revoked its recognition of the AAU and instructed the U.S. to form a new organization containing representation from the numerous basketball outlets in the country. In 1974, the Amateur Basketball Federation of the United States of America (ABAUSA) was formed. ABAUSA changed its name to USA Basketball in October, 1989. Shortly thereafter FIBA modified its rules to allow professional basketball players to participate in international competitions, allowing the National Basketball Association to assemble a series of "Dream Teams".

The U.S. Women's National Team created what it hoped was a blueprint for success by fielding its squad more than a year in advance of the 1996 Olympics, paying players an annual salary of $50,000. The ladies also became a "dream team" of sorts, winning their first 39 exhibition games against U.S. colleges and foreign opponents by an average margin of almost 35 points. The $3 million long-range project enabled the U.S. to assemble a more mature female roster (average age of 27 compared to 21 in the '76 and '80 Olympics). After the formation of the WNBA, professional players also dominated the U.S. women's squad.

Three-time Olympian Dawn Staley carried the flag for the remainder of the U.S. Olympic delegation at the 2004 Opening Ceremonies in Athens. Following is a summary of U.S. involvement in previous Olympiads:

1936
Berlin, Germany
Medal Winners: 1. U.S. (5-0); 2. Canada (5-1); 3. Mexico (5-2).
U.S. Coach: James Needles, Universal Pictures (Calif.).
Did You Know?: Each basketball team was limited to seven players per game, which were played on an outdoor tennis court on a surface of clay and sand. A rule banning players taller than 6-2 was rescinded only after the U.S. complained. Forward Frank Lubin, a 1931 UCLA graduate of Lithuanian ancestry, played and coached Lithuania to the 1939 European Cup Tournament title. Lubin, the second-leading scorer for the '36 U.S. squad, scored the game-winning basket for Lithuania against Latvia. Third-leading scorer Francis Johnson was a younger brother of assistant U.S. coach Gene Johnson (Globe Oilers, Kan.). Fourth-leading scorer Sam Balter went on to become a broadcaster for the Mutual Network and sports columnist for the Los Angeles Herald-Express before gaining membership in the International Jewish Sports Hall of Fame. Legendary Kansas coach Phog Allen conceived a plan that had each high school and college withhold one cent from the price of each admission to one game played during the week of February 9-15 to finance the trip to Germany for Dr. James Naismith, the game's inventor. LIU's undefeated team (25-0) coached by Hall of Famer Clair Bee boycotted the Olympic Games. The LIU roster, comprised of sons and grandsons of Jewish and Italian immigrants, decided that if one team member chose not to participate, they all would refuse to compete in Hitler's Berlin.

U.S. Results
U.S. 2, Spain 0*
U.S. 52, Estonia 28
U.S. 56, Philippines 23
U.S. 25, Mexico 10
U.S. 19, Canada 8

*The U.S. was awarded a forfeit victory when its first opponent (Spain) didn't show up because of the Spanish civil war.

U.S. Men's Roster and Statistics

Player Pos. Affiliation/School PPG.
Sam Balter G Universal Pictures (UCLA) 8.5
Ralph Bishop F Washington 2.0
Joe Fortenberry C Globe Oilers (Wichita) 14.5
John Gibbons G Globe Oilers (Southwestern, Kan.) 6.0
Francis Johnson G Globe Oilers (Wichita) 10.0
Carl Knowles F Universal Pictures (UCLA) 3.0
Frank Lubin F Universal Pictures (UCLA) 11.0
Art Mollner G Universal Pictures (Los Angeles J.C.) 2.0
Don Piper G Universal Pictures (UCLA) 2.0
Jack Ragland G Globe Oilers (Wichita) 3.5
Willard Schmidt C Globe Oilers (Creighton) 8.0
Carl Shy G Universal Pictures (UCLA) 5.0
Dwayne Swanson F Universal Pictures (USC) 2.0
William Wheatley F Globe Oilers (Kansas Wesleyan) 4.5

NOTE: The team was divided into two seven-man units that played one game and then sat out the next contest.

1948
London, England
Medal Winners: 1. U.S. (8-0); 2. France (5-2); 3. Brazil (7-1).
U.S. Coach: Omar Browning, Phillips Oilers (Okla.).
Did You Know?: The Phillips Oilers, winners of the national AAU title, defeated Kentucky, the 1948 NCAA champion, in the final game of the U.S. Olympic Trials (53-49). Each of the finalists wound up with five representatives on the U.S. squad. NIT champion St. Louis rejected an invitation to the eight-team Olympic Trials because the school's administration believed the players would miss too much class time. Former Oklahoma A&M All-American guard Jesse "Cab" Renick, one of the U.S. team members from the Oilers, was inducted into the American Indian Athletic Hall of Fame in 1973 (1/4 Chickasaw and 1/4 Choctaw). Don Barksdale, a second-team selection in 1946-47, was the first African-American player named to an NCAA consensus All-American squad. Before serving a three-year stint in the U.S. Army, Barksdale's 18-point effort in 1942-43 helped UCLA end USC's 42-game winning streak in their intracity rivalry. In 1946-47, Beard and Groza were sophomores when they became the only set of underclassmen teammates named NCAA consensus first-team All-Americans in the same year since the start of the NCAA Tournament. Ken Rollins, the lone senior among Kentucky coach Adolph Rupp's "Fabulous Five," held standout guard Bob Cousy, the leading scorer for defending champion Holy Cross, to just five points in the 1948 NCAA Tournament semifinals. Wallace "Wah Wah" Jones lettered as a two-way end on three Kentucky football teams coached by the legendary Bear Bryant and lettered three times for the Wildcats' baseball team.

U.S. Results U.S. 86, Switzerland 21
U.S. 53, Czechoslovakia 28
U.S. 59, Argentina 57
U.S. 66, Egypt 28
U.S. 61, Peru 33
U.S. 63, Uruguay 28
U.S. 71, Mexico 40
U.S. 65, France 21

U.S. Men's Roster and Statistics

Player Pos. Affiliation/School PPG.
Cliff Barker F Kentucky 3.8
Don Barksdale C Oakland Bittners (UCLA) 9.0
Ralph Beard G Kentucky 3.7
Lew Beck G Phillips Oilers (Oregon State) 4.7
Vince Boryla* G Denver Nuggets (Notre Dame/Denver) 5.6
Gordon Carpenter C-F Phillips Oilers (Kansas) 7.0
Alex Groza C Kentucky 11.1
Wallace "Wah Wah" Jones C-F Kentucky 7.2
Bob Kurland C Phillips Oilers (Oklahoma A&M) 9.3
Ray Lumpp G New York University 7.2
R.C. Pitts F Phillips Oilers (Arkansas) 7.8
Jesse "Cab" Renick G Phillips Oilers (Oklahoma A&M) 5.6
R. Jack Robinson G Baylor 2.6
Ken Rollins G Kentucky 4.0

*Boryla played two seasons at Notre Dame (1944-45 and 1945-46) and then served in the military for two years before finishing his college career at the University of Denver (1948-49).

1952
Helsinki, Finland
Medal Winners: 1. U.S. (8-0); 2. Soviet Union (6-2); 3. Uruguay (5-3).
U.S. Coach: Warren Womble, Peoria Caterpillars (IL).
Did You Know?: U.S. Olympic team captain Ron Bontemps was a high school (Taylorville, Ill.) and college (Illinois and Beloit, Wis.) teammate of former Massachusetts, Michigan and Iowa State coach Johnny Orr. Their 1944 state high school championship team compiled a 45-0 record. Bontemps averaged a team-high 22 points per game for a Beloit squad that earned a bid to the 1951 NIT after defeating larger schools such as Washington State, Marshall, San Jose State and Loyola of Chicago. Beloit had an enrollment of 1,060 students. Guard Dean Kelley is the only player to have season scoring averages of fewer than 10 points per game in back-to-back years when he was named to the All-NCAA Tournament team (1952 and 1953 with Kansas). Charlie Hoag, one of seven Kansas players on the U.S. roster, was also a running back and captain of the Jayhawks' 1952 football squad and 26th-round draft choice of the Cleveland Browns in 1953.

U.S. Results
U.S. 66, Hungary 48
U.S. 72, Czechoslovakia 47
U.S. 57, Uruguay 44
U.S. 86, USSR 58
U.S. 103, Chile 55
U.S. 57, Brazil 53
U.S. 85, Argentina 76
U.S. 36, USSR 25

U.S. Men's Roster and Statistics

Player Pos. Affiliation/School PPG.
Ron Bontemps G Peoria Caterpillars (Illinois/Beloit) 7.1
Marcus Freiberger C Peoria Caterpillars (Oklahoma) 6.3
Wayne Glasgow G-F Phillips 66ers 4.5
Charlie Hoag G-F Kansas 2.9
Bill Hougland G Kansas 6.0
John Keller G-F Kansas 1.5
Dean Kelley G Kansas 0.7
Bob Kenney F Kansas 10.9
Bob Kurland C Phillips 66ers (Oklahoma A&M) 9.6
Bill Lienhard F Kansas 4.0
Clyde Lovellette C-F Kansas 14.1
Frank McCabe F Peoria Caterpillars (Marquette) 3.0
Dan Pippin G Peoria Caterpillars (Missouri) 7.0
Howie Williams G Peoria Caterpillars (Purdue) 3.4

1956
Melbourne, Australia
Medal Winners: 1. U.S. (8-0); 2. Soviet Union (5-3); 3. Uruguay (6-2).
U.S. Coach: Gerry Tucker, Phillips 66ers (Okla.).
Did You Know?: The XVIth Olympiad, conducted during the U.S.'s winter time (Nov. 22-Dec. 1) because the seasons are reversed in Australia, delayed Bill Russell's NBA debut. Forward Dick Boushka, named president of Vickers Petroleum Corporation in 1963 at the age of 29, became the ninth president of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame and swingman Gib Ford became president of Converse after serving in the Air Force. Coach Gerry Tucker had been an NCAA consensus first-team All-American in 1947 when the 6-4 center was the leading scorer for Oklahoma's NCAA Tournament runner-up. Tucker, an Army veteran from Winfield, Kan., originally attended Kansas State. Carl Cain, who sustained a herniated disc after entering the Army, played sparingly and was almost replaced by alternate Willie Naulls of UCLA. Cain was second-leading scorer and rebounder for Iowa team that lost to USF and Russell in 1956 NCAA Tournament championship game.

U.S. Results
U.S. 98, Japan 40
U.S. 101, Thailand 29
U.S. 121, Philippines 53
U.S. 85, Bulgaria 44
U.S. 113, Brazil 51
U.S. 85, USSR 55
U.S. 101, Uruguay 38
U.S. 89, USSR 55

U.S. Men's Roster and Statistics

Player Pos. Affiliation/School PPG.
Dick Boushka F Wichita Vickers (St. Louis University) 8.0
Carl Cain F Iowa 1.5
Chuck Darling C Phillips 66ers (Iowa) 9.3
Bill Evans G U.S. Armed Forces (Kentucky) 6.8
Gib Ford G-F U.S. Armed Forces (Texas) 4.9
Burdette Haldorson F Phillips 66ers (Colorado) 8.6
Bill Hougland F Phillips 66ers (Kansas) 5.8
Bob Jeangerard F Phillips 66ers (Colorado) 12.5
K.C. Jones G San Francisco 10.9
Bill Russell C San Francisco 14.1
Ron Tomsic G U.S. Armed Forces (Stanford) 11.1
Jim Walsh G Phillips 66ers (Stanford) 9.1

1960
Rome, Italy
Medal Winners: 1. U.S. (8-0); 2. Soviet Union (6-2); 3. Brazil (6-2).
U.S. Coach: Pete Newell, California.
Did You Know?: Ohio State's John Havlicek didn't make the cut but eight members of the 12-man U.S. roster in 1960 went on to play at least nine seasons in the NBA. Jay Arnette, one of the four who didn't have a prolonged NBA career (three years with the Cincinnati Royals after a brief minor league baseball career in the Los Angeles Dodgers' farm system), was a Texas teammate and Olympic opponent of Albert Almanza, the third-leading scorer for the Mexican team that finished 11th. Two-time first-team All-America swingman Jerry West was denied an NCAA championship ring in 1959 when California center Darrall Imhoff, West's teammate with the Los Angeles Lakers for four seasons in the mid-1960s, tipped in a basket with 17 seconds remaining. Imhoff's high school coach was Bob Boyd, who went on to guide Southern California and Mississippi State. Allen Kelley and fellow guard Dean Kelley, a 1952 Olympian, are the only set of brothers to play together in two NCAA playoff title games (1952 and 1953 with Kansas). Walt Bellamy, Jerry Lucas' backup center, was named NBA Rookie of the Year after averaging 31.6 points and 19 rebounds per game in 1961-62. Lucas, a memory expert and motivational speaker, worked on educational programs while living in Compton, Calif.

U.S. Results
U.S. 88, Italy 54
U.S. 125, Japan 66
U.S. 107, Hungary 63
U.S. 104, Yugoslavia 42
U.S. 108, Uruguay 50
U.S. 81, USSR 57
U.S. 112, Italy 81
U.S. 90, Brazil 63

U.S. Men's Roster and Statistics

Player Pos. Affiliation/School PPG.
Jay Arnette F Texas 2.9
Walt Bellamy C Indiana 7.9
Bob Boozer F Peoria Caterpillars (Kansas State) 6.8
Terry Dischinger F Purdue 11.8
Burdette Haldorson F Phillips 66ers (Colorado) 2.9
Darrall Imhoff C California 4.8
Allen Kelley G Peoria Caterpillars (Kansas) 0.8
Lester Lane G Wichita Vickers (Oklahoma) 5.9
Jerry Lucas F-C Ohio State 17.0
Oscar Robertson F Cincinnati 17.0
Adrian Smith G U.S. Armed Forces (Kentucky) 10.9
Jerry West G West Virginia 13.8

1964
Tokyo, Japan
Medal Winners: 1. U.S. (9-0); 2. Soviet Union (8-1); 3. Brazil (6-3).
U.S. Coach: Hank Iba, Oklahoma State.
Did You Know?: Former UNC Charlotte coach and NBA standout Jeff Mullins compiled the lowest scoring average on the 12-man U.S. roster despite averaging 24.2 points per game for NCAA runner-up Duke. Mullins, who scored 14 of his 18 points against Puerto Rico in the semifinals, was one of eight major-college roster members to go on and play at least seven seasons in the NBA/ABA. But the squad's leading scorer was from a small college - SE Oklahoma State's Jerry Shipp. Walt Hazzard became the only Final Four Most Outstanding Player (UCLA '64) to later coach his alma mater in the tournament (1-1 playoff record with the Bruins in 1987). Larry Brown, who also coached UCLA, became the only mentor to leave an NCAA champion before the next season for another coaching job when he quit Kansas before the start of the next NCAA probation-marred campaign to return to the NBA after winning the 1988 title with the Jayhawks. Brown, coach of the 2004 U.S. Olympic team, is a former father-in-law of ex-Missouri coach Quin Snyder, a Duke teammate of '92 Olympian Christian Laettner in 1988-89. Joe Caldwell played for Brown in his first two seasons as a pro head coach (ABA's Carolina Cougars in 1972-73 and 1973-74). Bill Bradley, a U.S. Senator from New Jersey who ran for the Democratic nomination for president in 2000, is probably the most famous politician to play college basketball. Michigan sophomore sensation Cazzie Russell was handicapped by an ankle injury in his bid for a spot on the roster. Dick Davies' brother, Bob, was an All-American for Seton Hall before earning recognition as a first-team all-star in the NBL, BAA and NBA. Dick went on to become Goodyear's vice president of manufacturing.

U.S. Results
U.S. 78, Australia 45
U.S. 77, Finland 51
U.S. 60, Peru 45
U.S. 83, Uruguay 28
U.S. 69, Yugoslavia 61
U.S. 86, Brazil 53
U.S. 116, South Korea 50
U.S. 62, Puerto Rico 42
U.S. 73, USSR 59

U.S. Men's Roster and Statistics

Player Pos. Affiliation/School PPG.
Jim "Bad News" Barnes C Texas Western 8.5
Bill Bradley G-F Princeton 10.1
Larry Brown G Goodyear Wingfoots (North Carolina) 4.1
Joe Caldwell G-F Arizona State 9.0
Mel Counts C Oregon State 6.6
Dick Davies G Goodyear Wingfoots (Louisiana State) 3.4
Walt Hazzard G-F UCLA 3.8
Luke Jackson F Pan American (Tex.) 10.0
Pete McCaffrey F Goodyear Wingfoots (St. Louis University) 5.1
Jeff Mullins G-F Duke 2.3
Jerry Shipp G Phillips 66ers (Southeastern Oklahoma State) 12.4
George Wilson F-C Chicago Jamaco Saints (Cincinnati) 5.4

1968
Mexico City, Mexico
Medal Winners: 1. U.S. (9-0); 2. Yugoslavia (7-2); 3. Soviet Union (8-1).
U.S. Coach: Hank Iba, Oklahoma State.
Did You Know?: Spencer Haywood, the leading scorer for the U.S. squad, was at that time the youngest player (19) ever to earn a spot on the U.S. Olympic basketball team. The U.S. team probably would have featured a different leading scorer and most assuredly would have averaged more than 67 points in its last three games if any or all of the following sophomore scoring sensations had been named to the squad: LSU's Pete Maravich (43.8 ppg), Niagara's Calvin Murphy (38.2) and Purdue's Rick Mount (28.5). Ken Spain was selected as an end by the Detroit Lions in the 16th round of the 1969 NFL draft and also had tryouts with the Houston Oilers, Kansas City Chiefs and Oakland Raiders. Mike Silliman's coach at Army was Bob Knight, who was in charge of the U.S. gold medal-winning squad in 1984. Bill Hosket's father, Wilmer, was named to the third five on College Humor Magazine's All-American team in 1932-33 when he was the fourth-leading scorer in the Big Ten Conference (8 ppg) as a member of Ohio State's league co-champions.

U.S. Results
U.S. 81, Spain 46
U.S. 93, Senegal 36
U.S. 96, Philippines 75
U.S. 73, Yugoslavia 58
U.S. 95, Panama 60
U.S. 100, Italy 61
U.S. 61, Puerto Rico 56
U.S. 75, Brazil 63
U.S. 65, Yugoslavia 50

U.S. Men's Roster and Statistics

Player Pos. Affiliation/School PPG.
Mike Barrett G U.S. Armed Forces (West Virginia Tech) 6.2
John Clawson G U.S. Armed Forces (Michigan) 3.6
Don Dee F St. Mary of the Plains (Kan.) 4.7
Calvin Fowler G Goodyear Wingfoots (St. Francis, Pa.) 6.4
Spencer Haywood C Trinidad State Junior College (Colo.) 16.1
Bill Hosket F Ohio State 8.6
Jim King F Goodyear Wingfoots (Oklahoma State) 1.8
Glynn Saulters G Northeast Louisiana 5.3
Charlie Scott F-G North Carolina 8.0
Mike Silliman F U.S. Armed Forces (Army) 9.0
Ken Spain C Houston 4.4
Joseph "Jo Jo" White G Kansas 11.7

1972
Munich, West Germany
Medal Winners: 1. Soviet Union (9-0); 2. U.S. (8-1); 3. Cuba (7-2).
U.S. Coach: Hank Iba, Oklahoma State.
Did You Know?: A 62-game Olympic winning streak for the U.S. ended in the most controversial game in international basketball history. Three seconds were put back on the clock on two separate occasions in the final before the Soviet's Aleksander Belov received a length-of-the-court pass between two American players and converted a game-winning layup. UCLA's Bill Walton became a post-defeat whipping boy in some quarters for not playing for the team. Swen Nater, Walton's backup with the Bruins, made the Olympic squad but quit during three-a-day workouts at Pearl Harbor. Iba, the only individual to coach three different U.S. Olympic squads, had seven of his former Oklahoma State players eventually coach teams into the NCAA playoffs: John Floyd (Texas A&M), Jack Hartman (Kansas State), Don Haskins (Texas-El Paso), Moe Iba (Nebraska), Bud Millikan (Maryland), Doyle Parrack (Oklahoma City) and Eddie Sutton (Creighton, Arkansas, Kentucky, Oklahoma State). Tom McMillen became co-chairman of the President's Council on Physical Fitness under Bill Clinton after serving as a Democratic member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Maryland. The U.S., which trailed the USSR by eight points with less than six minutes left, led only once, 49-48, on Doug Collins' two free throws with three seconds remaining. Collins is the only former NCAA consensus All-American and Olympian to have a son participate in an NCAA Tournament championship game (guard Chris Collins of Duke '94).

U.S. Results
U.S. 66, Czechoslovakia 35
U.S. 81, Australia 55
U.S. 67, Cuba 48
U.S. 61, Brazil 54
U.S. 96, Egypt 31
U.S. 72, Spain 56
U.S. 99, Japan 33
U.S. 68, Italy 38
USSR 51, U.S. 50

U.S. Men's Roster and Statistics

Player Pos. Affiliation/School PPG.
Mike Bantom F St. Joseph's 7.7
Jim Brewer F-C Minnesota 7.6
Tom Burleson C North Carolina State 3.4
Doug Collins G Illinois State 7.3
Kenny Davis G Marathon Oil (Georgetown College) 1.8
Jim Forbes F Texas-El Paso 5.1
Tom Henderson G San Jacinto Junior College (Tex.) 9.2
Bobby Jones F North Carolina 4.1
Dwight Jones C Houston 9.2
Kevin Joyce G South Carolina 5.3
Tom McMillen F Maryland 6.8
Ed Ratleff F-G Long Beach State 6.4

1976
Montreal, Canada
Medal Winners: 1. U.S. (7-0); 2. Yugoslavia (5-2); 3. Soviet Union (5-2).
U.S. Men's Coach: Dean Smith, North Carolina.
Did You Know?: Seven members of the 12-man U.S. roster were from coach Dean Smith's conference, including four from North Carolina, although the ACC didn't notch a victory in the 1976 NCAA Tournament. One of the non-ACC players was Notre Dame forward Adrian Dantley, who managed the highest-ever scoring average for a U.S. player in a single Olympiad (19.3 points per game). Ernie Grunfeld (New York Knicks) and Mitch Kupchak (Los Angeles Lakers) became general managers for NBA franchises while Quinn Buckner became an NBA head coach (Dallas Mavericks).

U.S. Men's Results
U.S. 106, Italy 86
U.S. 95, Puerto Rico 94
U.S. 112, Yugoslavia 93
U.S. 2, Egypt 0*
U.S. 81, Czechoslovakia 76
U.S. 95, Canada 77
U.S. 95, Yugoslavia 74
*The U.S. was awarded a forfeit victory when Egypt withdrew for political reasons.

U.S. Men's Roster and Statistics

Player Pos. School PPG. RPG.
Tate Armstrong G Duke 2.7 0.4
Quinn Buckner G Indiana 7.3 3.0
Kenny Carr F North Carolina State 6.8 3.2
Adrian Dantley F Notre Dame 19.3 5.7
Walter Davis F-G North Carolina 4.3 1.7
Phil Ford G North Carolina 11.3 2.2
Ernie Grunfeld F Tennessee 3.5 0.7
Phil Hubbard F Michigan 4.7 3.8
Mitch Kupchak C North Carolina 12.5 5.7
Tom LaGarde C North Carolina 6.7 1.8
Scott May F Indiana 16.7 6.2
Steve Sheppard F-G Maryland 1.5 1.0

1980
Moscow, Soviet Union
Medal Winners: 1. Yugoslavia (8-0); 2. Italy (5-3); 3. Soviet Union (6-2).
U.S. Men's Coach: Dave Gavitt, Providence.
Did You Know?: Argentina, Canada, China, Mexico and Puerto Rico all qualified for the Olympics along with the U.S., but they boycotted the Moscow Games in protest of the Soviet Union's invasion of Afghanistan. Each of the 12 U.S. team members became NBA first-round draft choices. A key member of the gold-medal winning Yugoslavian team was Kresimir Cosic, who led Brigham Young in scoring in 1971-72 (22.3 ppg) and 1972-73 (20.2 ppg) before becoming Deputy Ambassador to the United States for Croatia. Cosic died of cancer in May, 1995, at the age of 46. Isiah Thomas went on to assemble a prolific pro career but wasn't named to the 1992 "Dream Team."

U.S. Men's Roster and Statistics

Player Pos. School PPG. RPG.
Mark Aguirre F DePaul 11.3 5.0
Rolando Blackman G-F Kansas State 8.0 4.7
Sam Bowie C Kentucky 11.8 6.9
Michael Brooks F La Salle 13.2 6.0
Bill Hanzlik G Notre Dame 1.8 1.0
Alton Lister C Arizona State 1.7 1.0
Rodney McCray F Louisville 0.6 0.8
Isiah Thomas G Indiana 9.5 2.0
Darnell Valentine G Kansas 5.7 2.0
Danny Vranes F Utah 6.8 2.8
Charles "Buck" Williams F Maryland 4.9 4.0
Al Wood F-G North Carolina 10.0 2.9

NOTE: Statistics are for six games (5-1 record) in the "Gold Medal Series" in various U.S. cities against NBA All-Star teams.

1984
Los Angeles, California, USA
Medal Winners: 1. U.S. (8-0); 2. Spain (6-2); 3. Yugoslavia (7-1).
U.S. Men's Coach: Bob Knight, Indiana.
Did You Know?: Political repercussions persisted as the Soviet bloc countries boycotted the Olympic Games in Los Angeles. Holy Cross coach Jack Donohue, who guided the Canadian National Team to a fourth-place finish, previously coached Power Memorial Academy in New York to a 163-30 record, including 71 consecutive victories with center Lew Alcindor in his lineup. Chris Mullin and Sam Perkins became teammates with the Indiana Pacers in 1998-99 after Vern Fleming and Wayman Tisdale were teammates with the same franchise for four seasons in the late 1980s. Steve Alford coached against Knight in the Big Ten Conference after becoming Iowa's bench boss. NBA all-time assists and steals leader John Stockton was cut in favor of Leon Wood, who became an NBA referee after his playing career.

U.S. Men's Results
U.S. 97, China 49
U.S. 89, Canada 68
U.S. 104, Uruguay 68
U.S. 120, France 62
U.S. 101, Spain 68
U.S. 78, F.R. Germany 67
U.S. 78, Canada 59
U.S. 96, Spain 65

U.S. Men's Roster and Statistics

Player Pos. School PPG. RPG.
Steve Alford G Indiana 10.3 3.3
Patrick Ewing C Georgetown 11.0 5.6
Vern Fleming G Georgia 7.7 2.7
Michael Jordan G-F North Carolina 17.1 3.0
Joe Kleine C Arkansas 3.4 2.0
Jon Koncak C Southern Methodist 3.3 2.4
Chris Mullin G-F St. John's 11.6 2.5
Sam Perkins F-C North Carolina 8.1 5.4
Alvin Robertson G Arkansas 7.8 2.8
Wayman Tisdale F Oklahoma 8.6 6.4
Jeff Turner F Vanderbilt 1.6 2.1
Leon Wood G Cal State Fullerton 5.9 2.0

1988
Seoul, South Korea
Medal Winners: 1. Soviet Union (7-1); 2. Yugoslavia (6-2); 3. U.S. (7-1).
U.S. Men's Coach: John Thompson Jr., Georgetown.
Did You Know?: Hersey Hawkins, the team's top outside threat, was sidelined because of an injury when the U.S. sustained a semifinal loss to the USSR in the first Olympic matchup between the superpowers since the controversial 1972 final in Munich. Guard Charles Smith, Thompson's star player for Georgetown, was the only member of the 12-man Olympic squad undrafted by an NBA team. Smith subsequently served prison time for vehicular homicide and later was found shot in the upper body in Bowie, Md., in a house where a significant amount of cocaine and evidence of a gambling operation were found. In the fall of 2003, Willie Anderson reportedly lost almost all of the $1.75 million he was to receive from a deferred 10-year contract with the San Antonio Spurs to the IRS and three women who said he did not pay child support.

U.S. Men's Results
U.S. 97, Spain 53
U.S. 76, Canada 70
U.S. 102, Brazil 87
U.S. 108, China 57
U.S. 102, Egypt 35
U.S. 94, Puerto Rico 57
USSR 82, U.S. 76
U.S. 78, Australia 49

U.S. Men's Roster and Statistics

Player Pos. School PPG. RPG.
Willie Anderson G Georgia 5.0 1.9
Stacey Augmon F UNLV 1.2 1.8
Vernell "Bimbo" Coles G Virginia Tech 7.1 1.8
Jeff Grayer F-G Iowa State 6.9 3.4
Hersey Hawkins G Bradley 8.8 1.0
Dan Majerle F-G Central Michigan 14.1 4.8
Danny Manning F Kansas 11.4 6.0
J.R. Reid F-C North Carolina 6.0 3.3
Mitch Richmond G-F Kansas State 8.9 3.4
David Robinson C Navy 12.8 6.8
Charles D. Smith F Pittsburgh 7.8 4.1
Charles E. Smith G Georgetown 8.6 1.3

1992
Barcelona, Spain
Medal Winners: 1. U.S. (8-0); 2. Croatia (6-2); 3. Lithuania (6-2).
U.S. Men's Coach: Chuck Daly, New Jersey Nets.
Did You Know?: "Dream Team I," winning its eight games by an average of 43.8 points, was assembled after international rules, which previously prevented only NBA players from being eligible for Olympic basketball, were changed by the FIBA membership on April 7, 1989, by virtue of a 56-13 vote in favor of "open competition." Three University of Houston products participated in the 1992 Games - David Diaz (Venezuela), Clyde Drexler (U.S.) and Carl Herrera (Venezuela) and a fourth, Rolando Ferreira, was cut by the Brazilian squad just prior to the competition.

U.S. Men's Results
U.S. 116, Angola 48
U.S. 103, Croatia 70
U.S. 111, Germany 68
U.S. 127, Brazil 83
U.S. 122, Spain 81
U.S. 115, Puerto Rico 77
U.S. 127, Lithuania 76
U.S. 117, Croatia 85

U.S. Men's Roster and Statistics

Player Pos. NBA Team (Major College) PPG. RPG.
Charles Barkley F Phoenix Suns (Auburn) 18.0 4.1
Larry Bird F Boston Celtics (Indiana State) 8.4 3.8
Clyde Drexler G Portland Trail Blazers (Houston) 10.5 3.0
Patrick Ewing C New York Knicks (Georgetown) 9.5 5.3
Earvin "Magic" Johnson G Los Angeles Lakers (Michigan State) 8.0 2.3
Michael Jordan G Chicago Bulls (North Carolina) 14.9 2.4
Christian Laettner* F Duke 4.8 2.5
Karl Malone F Utah Jazz (Louisiana Tech) 13.0 5.3
Chris Mullin F-G Golden State Warriors (St. John's) 12.9 1.6
Scottie Pippen F Chicago Bulls (Central Arkansas) 9.0 2.1
David Robinson C San Antonio Spurs (Navy) 9.0 4.1
John Stockton G Utah Jazz (Gonzaga) 2.8 0.3

*Selected in first round of NBA draft by the Minnesota Timberwolves.

1996
Atlanta, Georgia, USA
Medal Winners: 1. U.S. (8-0); 2. Yugoslavia (7-1); 3. Lithuania (5-3).
U.S. Men's Coach: Lenny Wilkens, Atlanta Hawks.
Did You Know?: Dream Team III averaged fewer points per game during the Olympics (101.8) than the U.S. women's squad (102.4). David Robinson, the first three-time U.S. Olympian in men's basketball, became the all-time leading scorer for the U.S. in Olympic competition. Reggie Miller's sister, Cheryl, was the leading scorer for the 1984 U.S. women's squad.

U.S. Men's Results
U.S. 96, Argentina 68
U.S. 87, Angola 54
U.S. 104, Lithuania 82
U.S. 133, China 70
U.S. 102, Croatia 71
U.S. 98, Brazil 75
U.S. 101, Australia 73
U.S. 95, Yugoslavia 69

U.S. Men's Roster and Statistics

Player Pos. NBA Team (Four-Year College) PPG. RPG.
Charles Barkley F Phoenix Suns (Auburn) 12.4 6.6
Anfernee "Penny" Hardaway G Orlando Magic (Memphis State) 9.0 2.8
Grant Hill F-G Detroit Pistons (Duke) 9.7 2.8
Karl Malone F Utah Jazz (Louisiana Tech) 8.4 4.5
Reggie Miller G Indiana Pacers (UCLA) 11.4 1.0
Hakeem Olajuwon C Houston Rockets (University of Houston) 4.7 3.4
Shaquille O'Neal C Orlando Magic (Louisiana State) 9.3 5.3
Gary Payton G Seattle Sonics (Oregon State) 5.1 3.1
Scottie Pippen F Chicago Bulls (Central Arkansas) 11.0 3.9
Mitch Richmond G Sacramento Kings (Kansas State) 9.6 1.6
David Robinson C San Antonio Spurs (Navy) 12.0 4.6
John Stockton G Utah Jazz (Gonzaga) 3.8 0.8

2000
Sydney, Australia (XXVII)
Medal Winners: 1. U.S. (8-0); 2. France (4-4); 3. Lithuania (5-3).
U.S. Men's Coach: Rudy Tomjanovich, Houston Rockets.
Did You Know?: Grant Hill and Gary Payton were members of the 1996 U.S. Olympic Team. Hill (three times with Duke) and Vince Carter (twice with North Carolina) were the only members of the 12-man squad to have participated in the NCAA Final Four. Payton was involved in a trade for Ray Allen midway through the 2002-03 season. Assistant coach Larry Brown played for the 1964 U.S. squad that included eventual Democratic Presidential candidate Bill Bradley. Lithuania forced the U.S. into its two closest margins (nine and two) since NBA players began competing in 1992.

U.S. Men's Results
U.S. 119, China 72
U.S. 93, Italy 61
U.S. 85, Lithuania 76
U.S. 102, New Zealand 56
U.S. 106, France 94
U.S. 85, Russia 70
U.S. 85, Lithuania 83
U.S. 85, France 75

U.S. Men's Roster and Statistics

Player Pos. NBA Team (Four-Year College) PPG. RPG.
Shareef Abdur-Rahim F Vancouver Grizzlies (California) 6.4 3.3
Ray Allen G Milwaukee Bucks (Connecticut) 9.8 1.9
Vin Baker F Seattle Sonics (Hartford) 8.0 3.0
Vince Carter F-G Toronto Raptors (North Carolina) 14.8 3.6
Kevin Garnett F Minnesota Timberwolves (N/A) 10.8 9.1
Tim Hardaway G Miami Heat (Texas-El Paso) 5.5 1.4
Allan Houston G New York Knicks (Tennessee) 8.0 1.9
Jason Kidd G Phoenix Suns (California) 6.0 5.3
Antonio McDyess F-C Denver Nuggets (Alabama) 7.6 5.9
Alonzo Mourning C Miami Heat (Georgetown) 10.2 4.2
Gary Payton G Seattle Sonics (Oregon State) 5.5 2.1
Steve Smith G Portland Trail Blazers (Michigan State) 6.1 2.4

2004
Athens, Greece (XXVIII)
Medal Winners: 1. Argentina (6-2); 2. Italy (5-3); 3. U.S. (5-3).
U.S. Men's Coach: Larry Brown, Detroit Pistons.
Did You Know?: Following a slew of withdrawals and rejected invitations, the U.S. roster included only Tim Duncan and Allen Iverson from the star-studded squad that won the Tournament of the Americas the previous summer. Mike Bibby, Jason Kidd, Karl Malone, Tracy McGrady and Jermaine O'Neal were named to the team, but withdrew because of injuries or personal reasons. After 24 consecutive victories, the pros incurred their first Olympic defeat (worst in U.S. history) when Puerto Rico jumped to a 22-point, first-half cushion en route to a 92-73 opening-round decision. The U.S. also lost to Lithuania before failing to overcome a 16-point, third-quarter deficit in a semifinal defeat against Argentina. U.S. star Tim Duncan, playing less than half of the game because of foul problems, scored only 10 points while San Antonio Spurs teammate Manu Ginobili poured in 29 for Argentina. The average age of the U.S. roster was 23.6, with nine of the players attending college two or fewer years. Despite hitting seven of eight three-pointers down the stretch in a bronze-medal game victory over Lithuania, the U.S. shot a meager 31.4% from beyond the arc over eight games.

U.S. Men's Results
Puerto Rico 92, U.S. 73
U.S. 77, Greece 71
U.S. 88, Australia 79
Lithuania 94, U.S. 90
U.S. 89, Angola 53
U.S. 102, Spain 94
Argentina 89, U.S. 81
U.S. 104, Lithuania 96

U.S. Men's Roster and Statistics

Player Pos. NBA Team (Four-Year College) PPG. RPG.
Carmelo Anthony F Denver Nuggets (Syracuse) 2.4 1.6
Carlos Boozer F-C Cleveland Cavaliers/Utah Jazz (Duke) 7.6 6.1
Tim Duncan F-C San Antonio Spurs (Wake Forest) 12.9 9.1
Allen Iverson G Philadelphia 76ers (Georgetown) 13.8 1.6
LeBron James G-F Cleveland Cavaliers (N/A) 5.4 1.0
Richard Jefferson G-F New Jersey Nets (Arizona) 6.8 2.8
Stephon Marbury G New York Knicks (Georgia Tech) 10.5 1.3
Shawn Marion F Phoenix Suns (UNLV) 9.9 5.9
Lamar Odom F Miami Heat (Rhode Island) 9.3 5.8
Emeka Okafor F-C Charlotte Bobcats (Connecticut) 0.0 1.5
Amare Stoudemire F Phoenix Suns (N/A) 2.8 1.8
Dwyane Wade G-F Miami Heat (Marquette) 7.3 1.9

2008
Beijing, China (XXIX)
Medal Winners: 1. U.S. (8-0); 2. Spain (6-2); 3. Argentina (6-2).
U.S. Men's Coach: Mike Krzyzweski, Duke.
Did You Know?: The "Redeem Team" captured the American's first gold medal in a major international competition in eight years (since the 2000 Sydney Olympics). Dwyane Wade finished as the leading scorer for the U.S. with 16 ppg after scoring a team-high 27 points in the gold medal game against defending world champion Spain, which trailed by only two points early in the fourth quarter.

U.S. Men's Results
U.S. 101, China 70
U.S. 97, Angola 76
U.S. 92, Greece 69
U.S. 119, Spain 82
U.S. 106, Germany 57
U.S. 116, Australia 85
U.S. 101, Argentina 81
U.S. 118, Spain 107

U.S. Men's Roster and Statistics

Player Pos. NBA Team (Four-Year College) PPG. RPG.
Carmelo Anthony F Denver Nuggets (Syracuse) 11.5 4.3
Carlos Boozer F Utah Jazz (Duke) 3.3 1.9
Chris Bosh F-C Toronto Raptors (Georgia Tech) 9.1 6.1
Kobe Bryant F Los Angeles Lakers (N/A) 15.0 2.8
Dwight Howard C Orlando Magic (N/A) 10.9 5.8
LeBron James G-F Cleveland Cavaliers (N/A) 15.5 5.3
Jason Kidd G Dallas Mavericks (California) 1.6 2.6
Chris Paul G New Orleans Hornets (Wake Forest) 8.0 3.6
Tayshaun Prince F Detroit Pistons (Kentucky) 4.3 1.9
Michael Redd G Milwaukee Bucks (Ohio State) 3.1 1.1
Dwyane Wade G Miami Heat (Marquette) 16.0 4.0
Deron Williams G Utah Jazz (Illinois) 8.0 2.3

2012
London, England (XXX)
Medal Winners: 1. U.S. (8-0); 2. Spain (5-3); 3. Russia.
U.S. Men's Coach: Mike Krzyzweski, Duke.
Did You Know?: The 12-man roster and three alternates had been undergraduate selections in the NBA draft. Deron Williams is the only roster member with as many as three seasons of college experience. Carmelo Anthony, LeBron James and Chris Paul were playing for different NBA teams than when they competed for the 2008 U.S. squad. Anthony and James joined David Robinson as three-time U.S. hoop Olympians. Anthony Davis replaced Blake Griffin (Los Angeles Clippers/Oklahoma) on roster after Griffin incurred a knee injury. Margin of victory over Nigeria (83) was highest in Olympic history when Anthony scored a U.S.-record 37 points in only 14 minutes. James passed Michael Jordan on the all-time Olympic scoring list for Team USA while Kevin Durant passed Spencer Haywood for most points in a single Olympiad. Krzyzewski compiled a 62-1 record as U.S. coach.

U.S. Men's Results
U.S. 98, France 71 U.S. 110, Tunisia 63
U.S. 156, Nigeria 73
U.S. 99, Lithuania 94
U.S. 126, Argentina 97 U.S. 119, Australia 86
U.S. 109, Argentina 83
U.S. 107, Spain 100

U.S. Men's Roster

Player Pos. NBA Team (Four-Year College) PPG. RPG.
Carmelo Anthony F New York Knicks (Syracuse) 16.3 4.8
Kobe Bryant F Los Angeles Lakers (N/A) 12.1 1.8
Tyson Chandler C New York Knicks (N/A) 4.0 4.0
Anthony Davis C New Orleans Hornets (Kentucky) 3.7 2.7
Kevin Durant F Oklahoma City Thunder (Texas) 19.5 5.8
James Harden G Oklahoma City Thunder (Arizona State) 5.5 0.6
Andre Iguodala F Philadelphia 76ers (Arizona) 4.3 2.8
LeBron James G-F Miami Heat (N/A) 13.3 5.6
Kevin Love F Minnesota Timberwolves (UCLA) 11.6 7.6
Chris Paul G Los Angeles Clippers (Wake Forest) 8.3 2.5
Russell Westbrook G Oklahoma City Thunder (UCLA) 8.5 1.6
Deron Williams G New Jersey Nets (Illinois) 9.0 1.5

U.S. Men's All-Time Olympic Games Roster

Player College Olympic Year(s)
Shareef Abdur-Rahim California 2000
Mark Aguirre DePaul 1980
Steve Alford Indiana 1984
Ray Allen Connecticut 2000
Willie Anderson Georgia 1988
Carmelo Anthony Syracuse 2004, 2008, 2012 & 2016
Tate Armstrong Duke 1976
Jay Arnette Texas 1960
Stacey Augmon UNLV 1988
Vin Baker Hartford 2000
Sam Balter* UCLA 1936
Mike Bantom St. Joseph's 1972
Cliff Barker Kentucky 1948
Charles Barkley Auburn 1992 & 1996
Don Barksdale* UCLA 1948
Jim "Bad News" Barnes Texas Western 1964
Harrison Barnes North Carolina 2016
Mike Barrett* West Virginia Tech 1968
Ralph Beard Kentucky 1948
Lew Beck* Oregon State 1948
Walt Bellamy Indiana 1960
Larry Bird Indiana State 1992
Ralph Bishop Washington 1936
Rolando Blackman Kansas State 1980
Ron Bontemps Illinois/Beloit (Wis.) 1962
Bob Boozer* Kansas State 1960
Carlos Boozer Duke 2004 & 2008
Vince Boryla* Notre Dame/Denver 1948
Chris Bosh Georgia Tech 2008
Dick Boushka* St. Louis 1956
Sam Bowie Kentucky 1980
Bill Bradley Princeton 1964
Jim Brewer Minnesota 1972
Michael Brooks La Salle 1980
Larry Brown* North Carolina 1964
Kobe Bryant N/A 2008 & 2012
Quinn Buckner Indiana 1976
Tom Burleson North Carolina State 1972
Jimmy Butler Marquette 2016
Carl Cain Iowa 1956
Joe Caldwell Arizona State 1964
Gordon Carpenter* Kansas 1948
Kenny Carr North Carolina State 1976
Vince Carter North Carolina 2000
Tyson Chandler N/A 2012
John Clawson* Michigan 1968
Vernell "Bimbo" Coles Virginia Tech 1988
Doug Collins Illinois State 1972
Mel Counts Oregon State 1964
DeMarcus Cousins Kentucky 2016
Adrian Dantley Notre Dame 1976
Chuck Darling* Iowa 1956
Dick Davies* Louisiana State 1964
Anthony Davis Kentucky 2012
Kenny Davis* Georgetown College (Ky.) 1972
Walter Davis North Carolina 1976
Don Dee St. Mary of the Plains (Kan.) 1968
DeMar DeRozan Southern California 2016
Terry Dischinger Purdue 1960
Clyde Drexler Houston 1992
Tim Duncan Wake Forest 2004
Kevin Durant Texas 2012 & 2016
Bill Evans* Kentucky 1956
Patrick Ewing Georgetown 1984 & 1992
Vern Fleming Georgia 1984
Jim Forbes Texas-El Paso 1972
Gilbert "Gib" Ford* Texas 1956
Phil Ford North Carolina 1976
Joe Fortenberry* Wichita State 1936
Calvin Fowler* St. Francis (Pa.) 1968
Marcus Freiberger* Oklahoma 1952
Kevin Garnett N/A 2000
Paul George Fresno State 2016
John Gibbons* Southwestern College (Kan.) 1936
Wayne Glasgow* Oklahoma 1952
Jeff Grayer Iowa State 1988
Draymond Green Michigan State 2016
Alex Groza Kentucky 1948
Ernie Grunfeld Tennessee 1976
Burdette Haldorson* Colorado 1956 & 1960
Bill Hanzlik Notre Dame 1980
Anfernee "Penny" Hardaway Memphis State 1996
Tim Hardaway Texas-El Paso 2000
James Harden Arizona State 2012
Hersey Hawkins Bradley 1988
Spencer Haywood Trinidad State J.C. (Colo.) 1968
Walt Hazzard UCLA 1964
Tom Henderson San Jacinto J.C. (Tex.) 1972
Grant Hill Duke 1996
Charles Hoag Kansas 1952
Bill Hosket Ohio State 1968
Bill Hougland* Kansas 1952 & 1956
Allan Houston Tennessee 2000
Dwight Howard N/A 2008
Phil Hubbard Michigan 1976
Andre Iguodala Arizona 2012
Darrall Imhoff California 1960
Kyrie Irving Duke 2016
Allen Iverson Georgetown 2004
Luke Jackson Pan American (Tex.) 1964
LeBron James N/A 2004, 2008 & 2012
Bob Jeangerard* Colorado 1956
Richard Jefferson Arizona 2004
Francis Johnson* Wichita State 1936
Earvin "Magic" Johnson Michigan State 1992
Bobby Jones North Carolina 1972
Dwight Jones Houston 1972
K.C. Jones San Francisco 1956
Wallace "Wah Wah" Jones Kentucky 1948
DeAndre Jordan Texas A&M 2016
Michael Jordan North Carolina 1984 & 1992
Kevin Joyce South Carolina 1972
John Keller Kansas 1952
Allen Kelley* Kansas 1960
Dean Kelley Kansas 1952
Bob Kenney Kansas 1952
Jason Kidd California 2000 & 2008
Jimmy King* Oklahoma State 1968
Joe Kleine Arkansas 1984
Carl Knowles* UCLA 1936
Jon Koncak Southern Methodist 1984
Mitch Kupchak North Carolina 1976
Bob Kurland* Oklahoma State 1948 & 1952
Christian Laettner Duke 1992
Tom LaGarde North Carolina 1976
Lester Lane* Oklahoma 1960
Bill Lienhard Kansas 1952
Alton Lister Arizona State 1980
Kevin Love UCLA 2012
Clyde Lovellette Kansas 1952
Kyle Lowry Villanova 2016
Frank Lubin* UCLA 1936
Jerry Lucas Ohio State 1960
Ray Lumpp New York University 1948
Dan Majerle Central Michigan 1988
Karl Malone Louisiana Tech 1992 & 1996
Danny Manning Kansas 1988
Stephon Marbury Georgia Tech 2004
Shawn Marion UNLV 2004
Scott May Indiana 1976
Frank McCabe* Marquette 1952
Pete McCaffrey* St. Louis 1964
Rodney McCray Louisville 1980
Antonio McDyess Alabama 2000
Tom McMillen Maryland 1972
Reggie Miller UCLA 1996
Art Moliner* Los Angeles J.C. 1936
Alonzo Mourning Georgetown 2000
Chris Mullin St. John's 1984 & 1992
Jeff Mullins Duke 1964
Lamar Odom Rhode Island 2004
Emeka Okafor Connecticut 2004
Hakeem Olajuwon Houston 1996
Shaquille O'Neal Louisiana State 1996
Chris Paul Wake Forest 2008 & 2012
Gary Payton Oregon State 1996 & 2000
Sam Perkins North Carolina 1984
Don Piper* UCLA 1936
Scottie Pippen Central Arkansas 1992 & 1996
Dan Pippin* Missouri 1952
R.C. Pitts* Arkansas 1948
Tayshaun Prince Kentucky 2008
Jack Ragland* Wichita State 1936
Ed Ratleff Long Beach State 1972
Michael Redd Ohio State 2008
J.R. Reid North Carolina 1988
Jesse "Cab" Renick* Oklahoma State 1948
Mitch Richmond Kansas State 1988 & 1996
Alvin Robertson Arkansas 1984
Oscar Robertson Cincinnati 1960
David Robinson Navy 1988, 1992 & 1996
Jack Robinson Baylor 1948
Ken Rollins Kentucky 1948
Bill Russell San Francisco 1956
Glynn Saulters Northeast Louisiana 1968
Willard Schmidt* Creighton 1936
Charlie Scott North Carolina 1968
Steve Sheppard Maryland 1976
Jerry Shipp* Southeastern Oklahoma State 1964
Carl Shy* UCLA 1936
Mike Silliman Army 1968
Adrian "Odie" Smith* Kentucky 1960
Charles D. Smith Pittsburgh 1988
Charles E. Smith Georgetown 1988
Steve Smith Michigan State 2000
Ken Spain Houston 1968
John Stockton Gonzaga 1992 & 1996
Amare Stoudemire N/A 2004
Dwayne Swanson* Southern California 1936
Isiah Thomas Indiana 1980
Klay Thompson Washington State 2016
Wayman Tisdale Oklahoma 1984
Ron Tomsic* Stanford 1956
Jeff Turner Vanderbilt 1984
Darnell Valentine Kansas 1980
Danny Vranes Utah 1980
Dwyane Wade Marquette 2004 & 2008
Jim Walsh* Stanford 1956
Jerry West West Virginia 1960
Russell Westbrook UCLA 2012
William Wheatley* Kansas Wesleyan 1936
Joseph "Jo Jo" White Kansas 1968
Charles "Buck" Williams Maryland 1980
Deron Williams Illinois 2008 & 2012
Howie Williams* Purdue 1952
George Wilson* Cincinnati 1964
Al Wood North Carolina 1980
Leon Wood Cal State Fullerton 1984

*Played for an armed services or independent team when named an Olympian.

Schools With Most Different U.S. Basketball Olympians: 13 - North Carolina; 12 - Kansas; 11 - Kentucky; 10 - UCLA; 6 - Duke; 5 - Indiana; 4 - Georgetown, Houston and Oklahoma.

Major Schools Never to Have a Men's U.S. Basketball Olympian: Boston College, Brigham Young, Clemson, Dayton, Florida, Florida State, Miami (Fla.), Mississippi, Mississippi State, New Mexico, Northwestern, Oregon, Providence, Seton Hall, Temple, Texas Christian, Texas Tech, Tulane, Tulsa, Virginia, Western Kentucky, Xavier.

On This Date: Ex-College Hoopsters Make Their Mark on August 5 MLB Games

Extra! Extra! Read all about memorable major league baseball achievements and moments involving former college basketball players! Baseball is portrayed as a thinking man's game but only 4% of active MLB players earned college diplomas. Nonetheless, numerous ex-college hoopsters had front-row seats to many of the most notable games, transactions and dates in MLB history.

Former Morehead State hoopers Denny Doyle and Steve Hamilton had significant MLB career games on this date. Unless you habitually pore over the content at baseballlibrary.com, baseballreference.com and nationalpastime.com, following is an August 5 calendar focusing on such versatile MLB athletes:

AUGUST 5

  • San Diego Padres RHP Mike Adams (played basketball for Texas A&M-Kingsville in 1996-97) scored upon for the only time in a span of 19 relief appearances in 2008.

  • Milwaukee Braves 1B Joe Adcock (Louisiana State's leading scorer in 1945-46) collected two homers and five RBI for the third time in a 15-game span in 1962.

  • Cleveland Indians SS Lou Boudreau (leading scorer for Illinois' 1937 Big Ten Conference co-champion) provided four hits for the second time in a five-game span in 1945.

  • Baltimore Orioles CF Al Bumbry (Virginia State's runner-up in scoring with 16.7 ppg as a freshman in 1964-65) belted his second leadoff homer in two days in 1982.

  • OF Billy Cowan (co-captain of Utah's 1960 NCAA playoff team) traded by the New York Mets to the Milwaukee Braves in 1965.

  • Boston Red Sox 2B Denny Doyle (averaged 2.7 ppg for Morehead State in 1962-63) went hitless, snapping his career-high 22-game hitting streak in 1975. The next day, Doyle started a seven-game hitting skein.

  • RHP Dave Giusti (made 6 of 10 field-goal attempts in two games for Syracuse in 1959-60) purchased from the Oakland Athletics by the Chicago Cubs in 1977.

  • New York Yankees LHP Steve Hamilton (All-OVC selection was Morehead State's leading scorer and rebounder in 1956-57 and 1957-58) secured the lone MLB shutout in his 12-year career (five-hitter against Cleveland Indians in nightcap of 1966 doubleheader).

  • Posting one of his N.L.-leading five shutouts in 1950, New York Giants RHP Jim Hearn (Georgia Tech letterman in 1941-42) yielded a leadoff single before throttling the Pittsburgh Pirates the remainder of the way in a 5-0 whitewash.

  • New York Mets 1B Rick Herrscher (SMU's leading scorer in 1957-58 as All-SWC first-team selection) hammered his lone MLB homer (three-run blast against Cincinnati Reds in opener of 1962 doubleheader).

  • Chicago White Sox 1B Gail Hopkins (averaged 2.5 ppg with Pepperdine in 1963-64) supplied four hits against the Washington Senators in a 1969 game.

  • CF Kenny Lofton (Arizona's leader in steals for 1988 Final Four team compiling a 35-3 record) scored the winning run in the 11th inning in 2001 when the Cleveland Indians erased a 14-2 deficit in the seventh to prevail, 15-14, against the Seattle Mariners. Five years earlier, Lofton went 11-for-20 with three homers in a four-game series against the Baltimore Orioles in 1996.

  • Chicago Cubs RF Jerry Martin (1971 Southern Conference Tournament MVP after finishing runner-up in scoring previous season for Furman's) whacked two homers against the Pittsburgh Pirates in a 1980 contest.

  • Baltimore Orioles RHP Ben McDonald (started six games as 6-6 freshman forward for LSU in 1986-87 under coach Dale Brown) hurled a one-hit shutout against the Milwaukee Brewers in 1994.

  • Washington Senators 2B Buddy Myer (Mississippi State letterman in 1923-24) went 4-for-4 with four runs scored and seven RBI against the Detroit Tigers in a 1929 game.

  • Chicago Cubs RF Bill Nicholson (guard for Washington College MD two years in mid-1930s) banged out four hits against the Pittsburgh Pirates after homering in three previous games in 1944.

  • Detroit Tigers OF Jim Northrup (second-leading scorer and third-leading rebounder for Alma MI in 1958-59) went 4-for-4 against the New York Yankees in 1973, capping off a six-game spurt raising his batting average from .268 to .310.

  • OF Richie Scheinblum (averaged 6.1 ppg and 3.6 rpg in 1962-63 and 1963-64 with LIU-C.W. Post) purchased from the Kansas City Royals by the St. Louis Cardinals in 1974.

  • Pittsburgh Pirates RHP Kent Tekulve (freshman hooper for Marietta OH in mid-1960s) won opener and saved nightcap of 1979 twinbill against the Philadelphia Phillies.

  • LHP Matt Thornton (averaged 5.8 ppg and 2.4 rpg for Grand Valley State MI from 1995-96 through 1997-98) awarded on waivers from the New York Yankees to the Washington Nationals in 2014.

  • Philadelphia Phillies RF Cy Williams (Notre Dame forward in 1909-10), who went on to lead the N.L. in homers in 1927, hit for the cycle and knocked in six runs in a 9-7 triumph against the Pittsburgh Pirates.

On This Date: Ex-College Hoopsters Make Their Mark on August 4 MLB Games

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Unless you habitually pore over the content at baseballlibrary.com, baseballreference.com and nationalpastime.com, following is an August 4 calendar focusing on such versatile MLB athletes:

AUGUST 4

  • Cincinnati Reds CF Ethan Allen (Cincinnati basketball letterman in 1924-25 and 1925-26) went 7-for-9 in a 1928 doubleheader against the New York Giants.

  • In 1961, Chicago Cubs OF George Altman (appeared in 1953 and 1954 NAIA Tournament with Tennessee State) became the first player ever to hit two homers in a single game off Los Angeles Dodgers Hall of Fame LHP Sandy Koufax (Cincinnati's freshman squad in 1953-54).

  • Chicago Cubs 2B Glenn Beckert (three-year letterman for Allegheny PA) banged out five hits against the Houston Astros in a 1969 game.

  • California Angels LF Bruce Bochte (starting forward for Santa Clara's NCAA playoff team in 1969-70 averaged 7.4 ppg and 4 rpg) collected four hits and four runs in a 9-6 win against the Texas Rangers in 1976.

  • Philadelphia Athletics RHP Jack Coombs (captain and starting center for Colby ME) went the distance in a 16-inning duel against the Chicago White Sox ending in a scoreless tie.

  • Atlanta Braves 3B Darrell Evans (member of Jerry Tarkanian-coached Pasadena City CA club winning 1967 state community college crown) homered in his third consecutive contest in 1975.

  • In 1971, St. Louis Cardinals RHP Bob Gibson (Creighton's leading scorer and rebounder in 1955-56 and 1956-57) posted his 200th career victory.

  • San Diego Padres RF Tony Gwynn (All-WAC second-team selection with San Diego State in 1979-80 and 1980-81), securing at least five hits in a game for the fourth time in the 1993 season, stroked six safeties in an 11-10 triumph against the San Francisco Giants.

  • Brooklyn Robins 1B Buddy Hassett (played for Manhattan teams winning school-record 17 consecutive games in 1930 and 1931) delivered four hits against the Pittsburgh Pirates in a 1937 contest.

  • Chicago Cubs SS Don Kessinger (three-time All-SEC selection for Mississippi from 1961-62 through 1963-64 while finishing among nation's top 45 scorers each year) scored four runs in a 1969 outing against the Houston Astros.

  • A pinch-hit homer in the bottom of the ninth inning by INF Jerry Kindall (averaged 6.9 ppg for Minnesota as junior in 1955-56) tied the score for the Minnesota Twins en route to a 4-3 win against the Washington Senators in 1965.

  • Los Angeles Dodgers 2B Davey Lopes (NAIA All-District 15 selection for Iowa Wesleyan averaged 16.9 ppg as freshman in 1964-65 and 12.1 ppg as sophomore in 1965-66) stole four bases against the Houston Astros in a 1974 game.

  • In a stunning relief performance, New York Yankees RHP Lindy McDaniel (played for Oklahoma's 1954-55 freshman squad) permitted only one run in 13 innings to earn a 3-2 win against the Detroit Tigers. It was one of five triumphs for McDaniel in less than three weeks in 1973.

  • Los Angeles Dodgers LF Wally Moon (averaged 4.3 ppg with Texas A&M in 1948-49 and 1949-50) went 4-for-4 against the Chicago Cubs in a 1961 contest.

  • St. Louis Browns RHP Ernie Nevers (All-PCC second-five choice in 1924-25 for Stanford) hurled his first complete game, defeating the Philadelphia Athletics, 3-1, in 1926.

  • Oakland Athletics CF Billy North (played briefly for Central Washington in 1967-68) stole three bases against the Los Angeles Dodgers in a 1979 game.

  • New York Yankees 3B Red Rolfe (played briefly with Dartmouth in 1927-28 and 1929-30) went 5-for-5, including three extra-base hits, against the Washington Senators in a 1935 outing.

  • New York Mets 3B Ted Schreiber (played briefly for St. John's in 1957-58 under coach Joe Lapchick) supplied a career-high two hits when he singled in both at-bats against the Milwaukee Braves in 1963 before giving way to pinch-hitter Duke Snider.

  • St. Louis Cardinals rookie RHP Ray Washburn (Whitworth WA scoring leader when named All-Evergreen Conference in 1958-59 and 1959-60) fired a four-hit shutout against the Houston Colt .45s in 1962.

  • While warming up prior to the fifth inning in a 1983 game at Toronto, New York Yankees CF Dave Winfield (starting forward with Minnesota's first NCAA playoff team in 1972) accidentally killed a seagull with a thrown ball.

  • New York Yankees LHP Tom Zachary (Guilford NC letterman in 1916) notched his seventh straight win with a shutout against the Cleveland Indians in the opener of a 1929 doubleheader.

On This Date: Ex-College Hoopsters Make Their Mark on August 3 MLB Games

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Unless you habitually pore over the content at baseballlibrary.com, baseballreference.com and nationalpastime.com, following is an August 3 calendar focusing on such versatile MLB athletes:

AUGUST 3

  • In the midst of homering in three consecutive contests, New York Mets 1B Tony Clark (San Diego State's leading scorer in WAC basketball games in 1991-92) amassed two round-trippers and five RBI against the St. Louis Cardinals in a 2003 game.

  • Philadelphia Phillies RHP Gene Conley (All-PCC first-team selection led North Division in scoring in 1949-50 as Washington State sophomore) hurled two innings of hitless relief for the N.L. in a 5-3 setback against the A.L. in the second 1959 All-Star Game.

  • SS Dick Culler (Little All-American in 1935 and 1936 with High Point) purchased from the Chicago Cubs by the New York Giants in 1948.

  • Alvin Dark (letterman for LSU and USL during World War II) fired as manager of the Oakland Athletics in 1967.

  • St. Louis Cardinals SS Charlie Gelbert (scored at least 125 points each of last three seasons in late 1920s for Lebanon Valley PA) garnered three hits for the third consecutive contest in 1930.

  • Pittsburgh Pirates 1B Hank Greenberg (enrolled at NYU on hoop scholarship in 1929 but attended college only one semester) hammered three homers against the New York Giants in a 1947 doubleheader.

  • San Francisco Giants C Tom Haller (Illinois backup forward in 1956-57 and 1957-58) hammered two homers against the New York Mets in a 1966 contest.

  • Boston Braves 1B Buddy Hassett (played for Manhattan teams winning school-record 17 consecutive games in 1930 and 1931) went 4-for-4 against the Cincinnati Reds in a 1940 game.

  • Brooklyn Dodgers 1B Gil Hodges (played for St. Joseph's IN in 1943 and Oakland City IN in 1947 and 1948) collected two homers and six RBI against the Milwaukee Braves in a 1955 contest.

  • Washington Senators LF Frank Howard (two-time All-Big Ten Conference first-team selection when leading Ohio State in scoring and rebounding in 1956-57 and 1957-58) homered in both ends of doubleheader split against the Minnesota Twins in 1965.

  • New York Yankees LF Charlie Keller (Maryland letterman from 1934-35 through 1936-37) contributed two homers and five RBI against the Detroit Tigers in the nightcap of a 1943 twinbill.

  • Cleveland Indians SS Jack Kubiszyn (All-SEC first-team guard as senior averaged 18.3 ppg for Alabama from 1955-56 through 1957-58) connected for his lone MLB homer, accounting for the game's only run against the Kansas City Athletics in 1962.

  • St. Louis Cardinals LF Danny Litwhiler (member of JV squad with Bloomsburg PA in mid-1930s) delivered four hits and six RBI against the Pittsburgh Pirates in a 1944 game.

  • Cleveland Indians rookie CF Kenny Lofton (Arizona's leader in steals for 1988 Final Four team compiling 35-3 record) supplied three extra-base hits against the New York Yankees in a 1992 outing. The next year, Lofton logged four runs and three stolen bases against the Detroit Tigers in a 1993 contest.

  • RHP Christy Mathewson (played for Bucknell at turn of 20th Century) surrendered 15 hits in 10 innings but the New York Giants still defeated the Cincinnati Reds, 7-6, in 1909.

  • Gene Michael (Kent State's leading scorer with 14 ppg in 1957-58) dismissed as New York Yankees manager in 1982 after losing a doubleheader against the Chicago White Sox.

  • Chicago Cubs rookie RF Bill Nicholson (guard for Washington College MD two years in mid-1930s) smacked two triples against the Philadelphia Phillies in a 1939 contest.

  • Minnesota Twins RHP Joe Niekro (averaged 8.9 ppg and 3.8 rpg for West Liberty WV from 1963-64 through 1965-66) suspended for 10 games by A.L. President Bobby Brown after he was caught with a file on the mound and ejected during the fourth inning of a game against the California Angels in 1987.

  • New York Yankees LF Irv Noren (player of year for California community college state champion Pasadena City in 1945) notched four hits for the second time in a six-game span in 1953.

  • Detroit Tigers OF Jim Northrup (second-leading scorer and third-leading rebounder for Alma MI in 1958-59) drilled a game-winning, pinch homer in the bottom of the ninth inning against Chicago White Sox reliever Hoyt Wilhelm in the opener of a 1966 doubleheader.

  • Philadelphia Phillies RHP Ron Reed (Notre Dame's leading rebounder in 1963-64 and 1964-65) registered a save, victory or hold in eight straight relief appearances in 1982.

  • Brooklyn Dodgers 2B Jackie Robinson (highest scoring average in Pacific Coast Conference both of his seasons with UCLA in 1939-40 and 1940-41) homered in both ends of a 1952 twinbill sweep of the Chicago Cubs.

  • Montreal Expos RF Ken Singleton (Hofstra freshman team in mid-1960s) secured the only hit off Bill Hands of the Chicago Cubs in the nightcap of a 1972 doubleheader.

  • In 1975, Kansas City Royals LHP Paul Splittorff (runner-up in scoring and rebounding in 1967-68 for Morningside IA) retired the last 26 Oakland Athletics batters while throwing one of his two career one-hitters.

  • St. Louis Cardinals rookie CF Bill Virdon (Drury MO hooper in 1949) blasted two homers against the New York Giants in a 1955 game.

  • Boston Braves LHP Tom Zachary (Guilford NC letterman in 1916) tossed a two-hit shutout against the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1933.

On This Date: Ex-College Hoopsters Make Their Mark on August 2 MLB Games

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Unless you habitually pore over the content at baseballlibrary.com, baseballreference.com and nationalpastime.com, following is an August 2 calendar focusing on such versatile MLB athletes:

AUGUST 2

  • New York Yankees LF Bob Cerv (ranked fourth on Nebraska's all-time scoring list in 1949-50 when finishing his basketball career) led off the bottom of the 10th inning with a pinch-hit, game-winning homer in a 3-2 triumph against the Detroit Tigers in 1960.

  • Philadelphia Athletics C Mickey Cochrane (Boston University player in early 1920s) hit for the cycle against the New York Yankees in a 1933 game.

  • Milwaukee Braves RHP Gene Conley (All-PCC first-team selection led North Division in scoring in 1949-50 as Washington State sophomore) fired a four-hit shutout against the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1957.

  • INF Tim Cullen (starting guard for Santa Clara in 1962-63 when he averaged 10 ppg) traded by the Chicago White Sox to the Washington Senators for SS Ron Hansen in 1968.

  • Cleveland Indians CF Larry Doby (reserve guard for Virginia Union's 1943 CIAA titlist) hammered three homers in an 11-0 victory against the Washington Senators in 1950.

  • St. Louis Cardinals 2B Frankie Frisch (Fordham captain) stroked three hits in both ends of a 1936 doubleheader sweep of the Philadelphia Phillies.

  • Brooklyn Robins rookie 1B Buddy Hassett (played for Manhattan teams winning school-record 17 consecutive games in 1930 and 1931) went 4-for-4 against the Cincinnati Reds in the opener of a 1936 doubleheader.

  • RHP Cal Koonce (standout for Campbell in 1960 and 1961 when North Carolina-based school was junior college) purchased from the Chicago Cubs by the New York Mets in 1967.

  • Cleveland Indians CF Kenny Lofton (Arizona's leader in steals for 1988 Final Four team compiling 35-3 record) logged four hits and four RBI against the Detroit Tigers in a 1994 contest.

  • RHP Christy Mathewson (played for Bucknell at turn of 20th Century) yielded 15 singles but the New York Giants still defeated the Pittsburgh Pirates, 8-4, in 1911.

  • New York Yankees 3B Graig Nettles (shot 87.8% from free-throw line for San Diego State in 1963-64) homered in both ends of 1983 twinbill against the Toronto Blue Jays.

  • Oakland Athletics CF Billy North (played briefly for Central Washington in 1967-68) collected three hits and three stolen bases in a 3-2 win against the Chicago White Sox in 1974.

  • Philadelphia Phillies LF Gary Redus (J.C. player for Athens AL and father of Centenary/South Alabama guard with same name) smacked two triples against the Chicago Cubs in a 1986 game.

  • Milwaukee Braves 2B Mel Roach (averaged 9.3 ppg for Virginia in 1952-53) ripped homer in back-to-back games against the San Francisco Giants in 1958.

  • St. Louis Cardinals RHP Lee Smith (averaged 3.4 ppg and 1.9 rpg with Northwestern State in 1976-77) notched a save in his seventh straight relief appearance in 1990, capping off 16 consecutive contests covering 24 1/3 innings without allowing an earned run.

  • Bill Virdon (played for Drury MO in 1949) fired as manager of the New York Yankees and succeeded by Billy Martin in 1975.

  • New York Giants rookie 1B Babe Young (Fordham letterman in 1935-36) belted two homers against the St. Louis Cardinals in the opener of a 1940 twinbill.

On This Date: Ex-College Hoopsters Make Their Mark on August 1 MLB Games

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Unless you habitually pore over the content at baseballlibrary.com, baseballreference.com and nationalpastime.com, following is an August 1 calendar focusing on such versatile MLB athletes:

AUGUST 1

  • Chicago Cubs RF Frankie Baumholtz (MVP in 1941 NIT and first basketball player in Ohio University history to score 1,000 career points) banged out four hits against the Pittsburgh Pirates in a 1953 game.

  • Cleveland Indians 2B Bosey Berger (Maryland's first hoop All-American led Southern Conference in scoring in league competition in 1930-31) provided four hits, including three doubles, against the Chicago White Sox in a 1935 contest.

  • Pittsburgh Pirates RHP Jim Bibby (Fayetteville State NC backup player and brother of UCLA All-American Henry Bibby) incurred his only defeat (1-0 against San Diego Padres) in 11 decisions from early June to mid-August en route to leading the N.L. in winning percentage in 1980.

  • Milwaukee Braves 2B Frank Bolling (averaged 7.3 ppg in 1950-51 for Spring Hill AL) went 3-for-4 in both ends of a 1965 twinbill sweep of the San Francisco Giants.

  • Detroit Tigers 1B Tony Clark (San Diego State's leading scorer in WAC games in 1991-92) clobbered two homers for the second time in a six-game span in 1998.

  • Boston Red Sox 2B Denny Doyle (averaged 2.7 ppg for Morehead State in 1962-63) delivered four hits in a 1976 game against the New York Yankees.

  • Chicago Cubs INF Don Eaddy (averaged team-high 13.8 in Big Ten Conference competition as Michigan sophomore in 1952-53) fanned in his lone MLB plate appearance in 1959.

  • Atlanta Braves 3B Darrell Evans (member of Jerry Tarkanian-coached Pasadena City CA club winning 1967 state community college crown) homered for the fourth straight day in 1973.

  • Los Angeles Dodgers C Joe Ferguson (played in 1967 NCAA playoffs with Pacific) jacked a game-winning homer in the bottom of the 10th inning in a 2-1 win against the St. Louis Cardinals in 1980.

  • Philadelphia Athletics rookie 2B Gene Handley (Bradley letterman in 1932-33 and 1933-34) manufactured four hits against the Chicago White Sox in a 1946 outing.

  • In 1957, 1B Gil Hodges (played for St. Joseph's IN in 1943 and Oakland City IN in 1947 and 1948) hit his 13th career grand slam to set a new N.L. record. It was the final grand slam in the history of the Brooklyn franchise before the Dodgers moved to Los Angeles.

  • Atlanta Braves 2B Davey Johnson (averaged 1.7 ppg with Texas A&M in 1961-62) drilled two homers against the Cincinnati Reds in a 1973 game.

  • In 1913, New York Giants RHP Christy Mathewson (played for Bucknell at turn of 20th Century) reached the 20-win plateau for the 11th consecutive season.

  • Cleveland Indians 3B Graig Nettles (shot 87.8% from free-throw line for San Diego State in 1963-64) had his 19-game hitting streak snapped by the Oakland Athletics in 1971.

  • Hitless in his first six at-bats, RF Jim Northrup (second-leading scorer and third-leading rebounder for Alma MI in 1958-59) homered in the 16th inning to give the Detroit Tigers a 4-3 victory against the California Angels in 1971.

  • Philadelphia Phillies RHP Robin Roberts (Michigan State's second-leading scorer in 1945-46 and 1946-47) posted his 200th triumph with a three-hit, 3-1 success at Chicago in 1958.

  • Pittsburgh Pirates RHP Don Schwall (All-Big Seven Conference second-team selection led Oklahoma saved both ends of a 1965 doubleheader against the Chicago Cubs with three innings of scoreless relief in each contest.

  • Atlanta Braves RHP Cecil Upshaw (Centenary's leading scorer as junior in 1962-63) tossed nine innings of four-hit, scoreless relief to secure a 4-2 win against the New York Mets in 1968.

  • Boston Braves rookie RF Chuck Workman (two-time All-MIAA first-five selection was leading scorer when Central Missouri won inaugural NAIA Tournament in 1937) went 4-for-4 against the Pittsburgh Pirates in the opener of a 1943 twinbill.

On This Date: Ex-College Hoopsters Make Their Mark on July 31 MLB Games

Extra! Extra! Read all about memorable major league baseball achievements and moments involving former college basketball players! Baseball is portrayed as a thinking man's game but only 4% of active MLB players earned college diplomas. Nonetheless, numerous ex-college hoopsters had front-row seats to many of the most notable games, transactions and dates in MLB history.

Unless you habitually pore over the content at baseballlibrary.com, baseballreference.com and nationalpastime.com, following is a July 31 calendar focusing on such versatile MLB athletes:

JULY 31

  • RHP Mike Adams (played basketball for Texas A&M-Kingsville in 1996-97) traded by the San Diego Padres to the Texas Rangers in 2011.

  • Milwaukee Braves 1B Joe Adcock (Louisiana State's leading scorer in 1945-46) belted four homers off four different pitchers plus a double against the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1954, setting a MLB record for most total bases in a game (18) standing until broken by RF Shawn Green in 2002.

  • Chicago Cubs 2B Glenn Beckert (three-year letterman for Allegheny PA) contributed seven hits against the Cincinnati Reds in a 1970 twinbill sweep.

  • Pittsburgh Pirates LF Carson "Skeeter" Bigbee (Oregon letterman in 1915) banged out four hits against the New York Giants in the opener of a 1917 doubleheader.

  • St. Louis Cardinals SS Alvin Dark (LSU and USL letterman in mid-1940s) went 4-for-4 against the New York Giants in a 1957 contest.

  • St. Louis Cardinals CF Taylor Douthit (California letterman from 1922 through 1924) collected five hits and scored four runs in an 18-5 pounding of the Philadelphia Phillies in 1928.

  • In the midst of eight straight scoreless relief appearances, Baltimore Orioles LHP Mike Flanagan (averaged 13.9 ppg for UMass' freshman squad in 1971-72) notched the final of his 167 MLB wins. Earlier in the 1991 campaign, Flanagan amassed 10 consecutive contests where he failed to yield an earned run.

  • Houston Astros INF Gene Freese (West Liberty WV captain of 1952 NAIA Tournament team) stroked a pinch single against the Cincinnati Reds in 1966 before going 0-for-21 during the last two months of his 12-year MLB career.

  • LHP Johnny Gee (captain of Michigan's 16-4 team in 1936-37) absorbed his first defeat since returning to the New York Giants in 1946 after a year's retirement.

  • Cleveland Indians 1B Mike Hargrove (Northwestern Oklahoma State letterman) scored five runs in a 16-11 victory against the Toronto Blue Jays in 1983.

  • Chicago Cubs LF Monte Irvin (played for Lincoln PA 1 1/2 years in late 1930s) manufactured four hits and five RBI against the Philadelphia Phillies in a 1956 game.

  • Chicago Cubs SS Don Kessinger (three-time All-SEC selection for Mississippi from 1961-62 through 1963-64 while finishing among nation's top 45 scorers each season) closed out the month with five consecutive multiple-hit contests in 1970.

  • San Diego Padres LHP Dennis Rasmussen (sixth-man for Creighton averaged 5.1 ppg from 1977-78 through 1979-80) yielded more than three runs for the only time in his last 15 starts of the 1988 campaign.

  • Chicago White Sox LF Gary Redus (J.C. player for Athens AL and father of Centenary/South Alabama guard with same name) registered two hits in his fifth consecutive contest in 1987.

  • Boston Red Sox rookie RHP Don Schwall (All-Big Seven Conference second-team selection as sophomore in 1956-57 when leading Oklahoma in rebounding) hurled the middle three innings for the A.L., yielding the only run, in a 1-1 tie in the second of two All-Star Games in 1961. St. Louis Cardinals 1B Bill White (played two years with Hiram OH in early 1950s) of the N.L. and Detroit Tigers RF Al Kaline of the A.L. were the only All-Stars with two safeties. Five years later with the Philadelphia Phillies, White went 5-for-5, including four extra-base hits, and chipped in with five RBI in the opener of a 1966 doubleheader against the Pittsburgh Pirates.

  • Securing his fifth victory of the month, Boston Red Sox RHP Sonny Siebert (team-high 16.7 ppg for Mizzou in 1957-58 as All-Big Eight Conference second-team selection) hurled a one-hitter at California in 1970.

  • Washington Senators rookie RHP Monte Weaver (played center for Emory & Henry VA in mid-1920s) secured his eighth victory of the month in 1932.

  • Chicago Cubs OF Cy Williams (Notre Dame forward in 1909-10) clobbered a three-run homer to chase New York Giants Hall of Fame RHP Christy Mathewson (played for Bucknell at turn of 20th Century) in the opener of a 1915 doubleheader.

  • San Diego Padres RF Dave Winfield (starting forward for Minnesota's first NCAA playoff team in 1972) went 5-for-5 with four RBI and scored four runs in a 1979 outing against the Atlanta Braves.

  • Boston Braves 3B Chuck Workman (All-MIAA first-five selection for Central Missouri State as sophomore and junior in mid-1930s) blasted two homers against the New York Giants in the nightcap of a 1945 twinbill.

  • Washington Senators LHP Tom Zachary (Guilford NC letterman in 1916) tossed a three-hit shutout against the Detroit Tigers in 1924.

Lady Injustice: What Difference Does Mess Media Make With Shrillary Rotten?

"Liberals claim to want to give a hearing to other views, but then are shocked and offended to discover that there are other views." - William F. Buckley Jr.

Giving $400 million to Iran rather than Louisiana flood victims, there is a reason why the symbol of the "deplorable" Democratic Party is a jackass because they're not real bright. Unless waiting for ransom payment in foreign currency in unmarked plane or smitten with strain of "overheated" pneumonia, any Capt. Obvious simpleton including press parasites should be able to promptly connect the dots by noticing Dim mayors for extended periods usually are seasoned diaper-pin donning leftists in charge of decaying or riotous cities such as Baltimore, Charlotte, Chicago, Detroit, Milwaukee, New Orleans, New York, Oakland, Portland and St. Louis (Ferguson). Their conversation convention in Philly punctuated with demonstrable DNC staff infection was a BleachBit graveyard where Zika (or maybe Mika) virus brain-damaged cells went to die although it wasn't long before the predictably pathetic press corps assembled a City of Brotherly Love support group for the Kaine and Unable (to walk without aid) carnage where #BlackLiesMatter more than #BlueLivesMatter. Fair-minded observers know there is "huge" gold-star difference between immigration-lawyer Wrath of Khan coming more than a decade after Donald Trump was building his business while basket-case Hillary "I Don't Recall" Clinton was boss contemporaneously when dissing Smith family about deceased State Department employee victim of terrorist scum. Seriously? Who actually believes Khan('s) job over the years focused more on a Christian-based U.S. Constitution than Middle Eastern Sharia Law, martyrdom's 72 virgins and watering-down American immigration? Until emerging from her safe space to first learn about DNC manipulation from mess-media reports, aging-gracelessly Hillary probably thought 'WikiLeaks' was a STD Bubba contracted while she was away driving her broom with license #666 to rope-around-dope function, video lying to grieving family members in front of their loved one's casket, waddle-dodging bullets or wiping server with specially-laced cloth to shed "boring emails." As self-absorbed Shrillary Rotten, putting the "C" in corruption appointing disgraced DNC official to position as her honor(ary)-among-thieves campaign co-chairman, allegedly told former Bill & Hill consultant Dick Morris: "Look, the average Democrat voter (such as Miss Piggy) is just plain stupid. They're easy to manipulate. That's the easy part."

Despite sanctuary from presstitute pansies such as morally-tainted Cokie Roberts' Southern guilt trip promoting registering "D" for dumb, the more difficult "pivot" is swaying independents and that is where collusion with lame-stream media comes into play. If permanently-injured CNBC was part of a horse network rather than peacock, the smear machine would have to be shot after previous woeful performance moderating a Republican debate. Reinforcing what many right-thinkers (not left-feelers) already believe with CNBC's conceited John Whorewood serving as Exhibit A (as in _ss), the American media can no longer be trusted. Incapable on the job of putting one foot in front of the other even more than deplorable Shrillary Rotten, their warped make-love-not-war sentiment includes lying to the masses about what comprises a winner following her admitting lying about who was responsible for the murders of individuals under her charge. Whether it is assessing the veracity of an owe-your-gender-one presidential candidate by national political pundits or prominent college basketball coach by the toy department (sports), an overwhelmingly liberal lame-stream press predictably focused on style (Ready For Hillary 2016) over substance (Shrillary for Prisoner 2016) and gave Rick Pitino's polluted program an accountability pass. In the feeble minds of genius lib-nuts, it was justifiable or there was rationale for certifiably corrupt Clinton deserving designation as POTUS-in-waiting and Pitino's "free-love" contract with Louisville should be extended another couple of terms for more Best-Little-Whoredorm-In-KY boys-gone-wild recruiting regalia. Twisted minds must think alike as Slick Rick served as Shrillary's post-election ball boy whining about TheDonald similar to many hypocritical coaches taking it to the president-elect as if it's closing time at upscale Italian restaurant in Get-Your-Fill-In-The-Ville.

Influence of big media is decreasing exponentially under own truly deplorable weight, but it was a shame #TheDonald couldn't put them out of their misery with a single "You're Fired!" After cry-in Dim(wit)s filled pity-party WAHHHHmbulances upon losing the presidential race and failing to recapture Senate, patronizing college and professional coaches coasted from coast to coast to phony status by protecting their lifeline - access to minority mercenaries. Meanwhile, welcome to the lame-stream media cleaning service, which won't clean up its abysmal act but will sweep things under the rug for the corrupt Clintons from erection with Eve through election eve and from cattle futures through glass ceiling falling down in locked hotel room. Discernment isn't in the DNA of Washington/New York/LA elites such as the Huffington Post, which chose to cover #TheDonald in entertainment rather than political section. Why is America so "blessed" with such a magnitude of it-takes-a-village idiots in the press? Deplorable before deplorable became cool, their corruption cup runneth over exemplified by Washington Compost columnist Dana Milbank asking the DNC to do the majority of the research for a negative "The Ten Plagues of Trump" piece of spit. Face it as lyin' eyes are supplemented by lyin' emails! If the farce-to-be-reckoned-with media was competent at its job, there wouldn't be need for WikiLeaks to shine the light of truth ("persecution") on "Dirty Donna" #Brazilla pounding her CNN Christian woman chest or detailing how the dishonest Clintons went from selling the Lincoln bedroom to selling Honest Abe's entire nation. Call the mess-media debris Lyin' Brian fallout as the pathetic press sniffed Dr. Ben droppings similar to "The View" of pack of demented dogs.

In a previous election cycle, a slobbering NBC anchor Brian "Save the Tin Foil" Williams of climate-change commercial fame (a/k/a self-proclaimed patriot) was fond of displaying adoring news magazine "halo" covers to failed President Barack Obama and then asking if His Earness' mother would have liked the image. No wonder Williams, another thrill-down-his-leg Peacock employee, was criticized for such a softball interview of Obama, who seems more comfortable in a mosque and exhibits more cartoon-like aggression toward Christian Conservatives dictating rules of engagement than to cartoon-hating Muslim marauders murdering Seal Team 6 patriots. Since four-Pinocchio nose-for-news Williams is in dire need of a drool bucket and truth serum, perhaps one of his echo-chamber Clinton-camp counterparts who isn't certified Obama Orgasmic should brandish photos of murdered Americans in front of pen-and-a-phone POTUS and ask DingleBarry if he sleeps well at night knowing the Monarch Messiah did everything humanly possible ("Leave No Man Behind") before and during the Benghazi consulate attack to protect and save these hero sons of steadfast mothers. The Drone Ranger, refusing to provide Benghazi attack-night itinerary amid whatever situation-room manly game playing with body-man Reggie Love, could also be asked what was the "dishonor-the-memory" initiative for give-me-a-break trusted "cloth-wiping comrade" when the former Secretary of State flippantly said during previous testimony: "What difference does it make?"

Feeling any Clinton Corruption Fatigue as the contemptible couple and cu-cu immunity minions such as Mavs Owner Mark Cuban drinking their fool-aid claim they're doing the Lord's foundation work with their Mount Everest of lies? Still waiting on the Transparent Titans to acknowledge what percentage of Muslims are deplorable due to their religion's genuine sexism and homophobia. It seems as if every word the disgusting duo utters is a fabrication, including "and" and "the," while exposing their grandchildren to all sorts of maladies. Insofar as "I Am Woman/Hear Me Bore" (curing insomnia even more than fossilized sex-expert socialist/Russia honeymooner Bozo Bernie) and a vital general weren't interviewed by the less-than-thorough accountability review board, the difference could be a "smidgeon" of honesty with the country's citizens boasting a triple-digit IQ vs. cover-up deception with much of the misguided media such as ABC phony journalist Gorgeous George serving as maddening wicked accomplices. After a geriatric "Free Spit vs. Bull Spit" duel, a probing press remains sitting on the bottom-feeder sideline missing as much as the Rose Law Firm documents collecting dust on a table years ago in Hillary the Horrible's White House office (probably under Bubba's strategically-placed cigar box) or authenticity of Lyin' Brian's stories. When she mentions private server, is "C" stands for Clinton referring to "C" for computer activity in limbo or "C" for carnal activity by Sick Willie with bimbo. Media misfits keep up with facts and vital news as well as former First Fabricator does her hustler husband's "Energizer" Honey and ex-VP's daughter/"undercover" journalist after serial sexual harasser Sick Willie's number of extra-martial affairs more than doubled the age of a pizza-delivering intern in the Oral Office. In the wake of Moonlite Bunny Ranch hookers endorsing Stepford Shrillary, Bimbo-chasing Bubba probably headed West Old Man to herd a "load of bull" and join Lamar Odom in verifying level of libido support unless hedge-fund billionaire buddy Jeffrey Epstein arranged another more stimulating trip.

Speaking of arousal, perhaps saucy Megyn Kelly could pry herself loose from an unwanted Roger Ailes haunting hug and try one of her GQ poses to lure the "I-wasn't-thinking-a-lot" Compassionate Communist into the Fox News lair for an authentic interview focusing on more than Hot Sauce in purse. Despite viewers having to settle for more of Kelly's annoying lame one-liners and voice inflections while seemingly more interested in setting stage for contract negotiations, at least the shrewd ex-lawyer knows a jury needs to be comprised of peers of the accused shrew. In this instance, it will be 12 liars, con artists and/or corrupt politicos resembling her shady staff and haughty hangers-on. Beyond driving her spouse crazy to where he can't define "is" and probably installed a bed rather than desk in his Harlem office, the only thing HRC has driven in the last 20-plus years is a broom. The First Felon's dignity bound together with duct tape after flaunting defense of deviant accused of raping a 12-year-old girl, Ms. Re-set Button also apparently hasn't done the wash enough like common folk to know how to tell "co-worker" to get stain off a dress. Between choleric coughing fits choking on her own Demonrat drivel, seems as if the Hag Been was too busy selecting Star Trek wardrobe while ignoring pleas from a soon-to-be murdered sacrificial-lamb ambassador seeking more security. Only gullible groupies grasp how he couldn't get through protective maze although someone as vital as virile actor Ben Affleck was anointed with Hillaryous' direct email amid her compromising shoddy handling of top-secret-plus communiques. Unable to spell Hill without back-to-back L's; thus can't wait to find out what was Barry's pseudonym in emails between the two Losers. Responding to Russian hackers at rare press conference or not, look for her to tersely say: "I did not have inappropriate email with that server." It's just as well press conferences are rare because honest Americans can't stand to gaze at her super-predator lying eyes. Hopefully, Mateen will "order" her to don burka for any future stern Q-and-A session or ad when She-ria Law secures royalty from BleachBit for name change of disk-space "cleaning" product to BleachBit(ch).

Anyone with a brain wave knew right off the bat "sleep-deprived" Hil-liar-y (thought she said "don't feel no ways tired") was fibbing about bogus Bosnia sniper-fire battle when Cacklin' Cankles claimed she "ran" rather than waddling over to pose for photographs with her iPhone and "proud-every-day" teenage daughter at the time. ISIS probably is using video of haggard Hillary's escape artistry, comparable to her tale to the unwashed masses about Chelsea jogging around the World Trade Center on 9/11, to instruct recruits how to elude enemy gunfire. Excessive lying takes a lot out of an old geezer, leaving one with "very low energy" and bags under their eyes while protecting Wall Street speech transcripts more than national top secrets on private server. Apparently in dire need again of beauty sleep, she cut Z's instead of getting vital intelligence briefing just days after the Benghazi attack. No wonder Sleepy avoided family members of victims and was uninterested in viewing riveting movie 13 Hours inasmuch as George-Soros-in-drag "already slept through it once." Ignoring more than 600 requests for security from "friend" she never talked with after hiring him, did the well-traveled Secretary of State, sporting a fake smile reeking of psychopath, savage the truth maneuvering more adroitly than "the guys out for a walk" who savaged four Americans in Libya? Donning a wig or not, perhaps she could have moved more adroitly if been able to join the Marines. Keg Legs' dressing-down actions such as server-wiping come out of the blue similar to wiping superior-server Monica's DNA-stained blue dress or hurling a blue vase stemming from hubby's blue-light special at K(neepad)mart.

In a rare moment of gold-medal winning candor, former DNC Chairman Ed Rendell implied majority of the left's female supporters are ugly. Hitlery's hugely-hyphenated hatchet hags/goon girls/treacherous toadies fond of "If I Had a Hammer" lyrics, including Muslim Brotherhood-connected Ms. Huma Abedin-Weiner-Danger-Mongoose, left a permanent "stain" on credibility by discarding their Blackberry, which should earn each of them a "term" (four years behind bars) unless investigators are card-carrying Dimocraps or politically savvy as Charles Barkley's playing the race card. An above-the-law home-brew email account utilized on government time "transparently" describes orchestrating mindset of the frosty frequent-flyer faker forgetting to bring her pretty-and-pink outfit out of cesspool mothballs (rather than "drowned rat" look or pretty-in-prison-suit-orange) while explaining with grating voice if didn't-really-think-it-through Snapchat Queen had sufficient sleep after yoga workout when deleting more than 30,000 "personal" emails. Long before she accrued wrinkle filler by the barrel with her 4-H Fan Club President Andrea Mitchell (Hill's Haughty Hack Horde), you can go to HELLary for ethical lapses all the way back to her involvement in the Watergate probe. Talking "past" normal Americans, the height of short-circuiting diabolical "diplomacy" would be if hacked emails prove she armed jihadists in Syria (including ISIS) or triggered "if-he-has-to-leave" execution of Iranian nuclear scientist/informant Amiri.

If no Little Rock offspring, Olympian swimmer lyin' Ryan Lochte must be Chelsea's long-lost brother or infected by airborne exposure to "overheated" Clinton-speak. In a best-case scenario, the ratio of Over-the-Hill's deleted emails from an apparently premeditated setup indicates she spent more than half of her arduous labor conducting personal business circling the sewer drain on government time despite her sordid spouse failing to use email. As Yoda Jr. lackey Cheryl Mills does her reset-button bidding en route to immunity status, it takes a village idiot to fail to discern the litany of lies whenever the Margaret Sanger devotee's lips are moving; although comedy relief is welcomed when repulsive reprobate embraces black voice imitation mode. While the furor among cultist mouthpieces depended on what the meaning of classified is, a rendezvous in a dimly-lit parking garage wasn't even necessary for Hillary's email scandal to remind Washington Post Watergate sleuth Bob Woodward of the Nixon tapes. If accurate about her emails would have been safer on Ashley Madison's cheating website according to former NBC news reporter Fred Francis, the alleged world's smartest woman (despite failing to discern "header" spouse was in adjacent room securing from Monica) is "Queen of the Bile" unqualified to even carry bed-pan urine in or around the nation's capitol. Always confusing to the unwashed exemplified by her stance on dealing with ISIS (whether upper or lower case, defining is-is defies description for her and sordid spouse), the Democratic Dominatrix's theme song at coronation ceremonies should emanate from a Leslie Gore tune with the following updated lyrics: "It's my Party and I can lie if I want to . . . ."

In the meantime while blaming Colin Powell for email edicts, expect another Goiter Goddess tear-fest at a Cafe' Expresso so the serfs and plebeians (militant feminists, welfare magnets, victim-hood vultures, societal illegals, lazy leeches, retread hippies, Hollyweird selfie sluts, etc.) "feel" compelled to vote for the ultimate empty pants suit because the personality-deficit-disorder eyesore is "sad as Eeyore." How convenient the State Department attorney (Katherine Duval) in charge of document production in the classified information scandal had a stint at the IRS putting her at the center of another high-profile missing-email case. Upon a smoking gun emerging during another FBI probe, it should be relayed to the paw-some presidential candidate in the following "classified" way: "Say 'hello' to my little friend (ghost of John Dean or non-wiped server containing pertinent information)." If the wicked witch falls off national schoolmarm wannabee campaign broom, she shouldn't balk taking a "Balkan run" so a departure door doesn't hit prolific place where the Good Lord amply split her! But if Grandma the Great's grating gatlin gun (a/k/a voice) ever is dispatched to jail, who will be there to succeed the Secretary of Yoga in supporting all the forlorn females and children around the world? For crying out loud, how long will we be subjected to Curse Ratchet barking about needing to clarify on her classified statement regarding clarification of the statement she'd previously tried to clarify? Upon seeking a future headline if AG Loretta Lynch properly defines gross negligence, don't be stunned if e-nailed Hillary's hell-on-earth cellmate sues for "cruel and unusual punishment" around the time Sean Penn conducts an El Chapo-like interview for Rolling Stone. If her sewer side of the aisle succeed in ridding Gitmo of disgusting terrorists, it would be fitting if she was incarcerated there cleaning toilets "like with a cloth or something" as their replacement symbolizing Central Committee corruption.

Are the uncouth and crude - rubes in flyover country - required to stop constructing boxcars and reinforce at least one inquiry for which we're entitled a direct answer? Loathsome Shrillary Rotten, as callous as probable supporters and depraved Josephine Mengele baby butchers from Planned Profithood flushing down an organic salad with red wine while the ghouls gleefully discussed "crunchy" dismembering of a "17-weeker" or Lamborghini dreaming, needs to undergo a polygraph test to gauge her truth telling. If not a veracity quiz amid the Dims' war on words narrative, then how about a driving test since she is so fond of mingling with commoners evidenced by her rope-around-dope during a holiday parade? The Dimorat dilemma stemming from Benghazi bungling, IRS mess and self-serving server are textbook examples of cheesy corruption. Weep for our nation because thumb(drive) suckers/bed wetters among the mess media and political players needing brain bleach are in positions of power rather than rooms with padded walls. Memo to nanny-state speech-control puppeteers: What does the "I" in ISIS/ISIL stand for although the "I" in impudent accurately describes cooking-the-books INTEL about waging war against the terrorists? Amid the Out House whining and dining excessively with Planned Murderhood, the cultural hope and change among the intellectually and morally bankrupt is on steroids. How else can one explain vanity of Bruce Jenner evolving nearly 40 years after Wheaties Box appearance to secure a social-engineering courage award from ESPN (Extra Sensitive Pious Network)? Actually, it takes infinitely more fortitude these days to say you are white, religious and conservative man proud of your heritage and unashamed to voice your life matters, too. But if in need of some grins amid hags and thugs striving to suppress your voice, real men can console themselves that, if Bruce gives another Olympian effort and focuses on Hill's Chairman Mao Collection outfits and $600 haircuts to try to match number of security requests from an ambassador, he can almost end up looking like Hellary, who probably needed to spend $6,000. Cosmetically, it's comparable to slim odds of viewing a video featuring an attractive female employee from PP's plundering Hag Haven Holocaust hem-hawing over whether to sell body parts or send them to a landfill. You'd have more success locating Sasquatch among the visual birth control or, for that matter, an authentic racist soiling the ranks of Tea Party patriots. Cable cockroach Rich-with-ill-will Madcow is so fond of abortion she'll likely seek to be artificially inseminated to participate firsthand in weekend special as Butch(er)'s Baby. MSLSD will then erect a statue honoring her as Queen of the Chicken Little "Sky-is-Falling" routine.

Amid Clinton interacting with all the warmth of a slug about breaking the law while collecting her sheep supporters like yesterday's trash, the general public can't possibly have any faith in a pathetic press monitoring these contemptible characters protecting bugs more than babies. A parade of progressive puke running their mouths on outrageous cable sibling MSNBC (Moronville rather than Nerdland), in dire need of mental health checks to "pilot" their valueless programs where "All Truth Matters" is a hateful remark, clearly has contaminated the vanishing credibility of the network's news division. Between stints virtually serving as Shrillary campaign managers, insufferable Krystal "Punked I" Ball and aging Andrea "Punked II" Mitchell probably passed up Williams in their internal on-air personality rankings before execs triggered an internal fact-finding mission. At some crooked juncture, Lyin' Brian probably told "Kibble Bits" Mitchell he was there when Sick Willie manhandled Juanita Broaddrick and never saw abuse occur. When Yoda's mother Andrea, separated at birth from ET twin James Carville, subsequently fell out of the unethical tree, she struck every "awful" branch on the way down dodging "sniper" comments similar to "discredited" Shrillary.

But isn't "fact" a dirty four-letter word to the steady stream of left-wing televangelist imbeciles such as Donny Dunce deemed "talent" on this deplorable "Lien Forward" network shackled by hypocritical flock of tax cheats? This is-is who they are! Despite shifting around human-waste time slots like plunger in a commode, MSLSD's principal audience remains comprised of its control room, about half of a haughty host's immediate family plus far-left lunatics attempting to get a glimpse of their relatives on Lockup. After serving a six-month suspension, Williams was consigned to a sinking ship as (fabricating) face of an egregious enterprise. Williams said his undefined number of stretched stories "came from a bad place" and then secured an "11th-hour" reprieve to return to the stench of a bad place (MessLSD), which is to journalism what the National Enquirer is to literature and what Mika the Misguided Mannequin is to regal reporting. Despite his excessive baggage, Williams is an improvement over MessLSD's low-grade lineup and witless panels unless he also failed to attend a H&R Block tax seminar. Mingling amid this cesspool of flooded-out fools fond of fake squaw Elizabeth Warren (a/k/a "Pow Wow Chow" contributor Lie-awatha envious of The Donald after failing to flip enough tee-pees), the paleface press potentate at least won't have to fib about seeing (brain)dead bodies, tingling or not, pass him in the halls of his esteemed workplace where falsehoods come as naturally as breathing.

Perhaps the most accurate of all of Trump's tranquil talk sissy RINOs revile describes "the media as the lowest form of humanity." As laughable as Trumping Univision antagonist, courageous NBC executives played role of Shrillary by avoiding interviews on their own networks about the Jimmy Carter intern who never graduated from college. In other words, NBC's brass knew for an extended period about the truth decay as Williams frequently was fond of fables but they allowed the storytelling go on and on and on. Sounds similar to the way the wink-and-nod enablers and their piss-poor press counterparts such as Today's Matt Liar treat 50-troop "man" Obama by persistently kissing the ring in No Drama's back pocket plus coddling delusional Dims claiming climate change will force women into prostitution. Meanwhile, the BBC's chatty Katty Kay can't quite comprehend between her going-to-pot MSNBC appearances whether Mainstream Media Midget George tilts left or right - which is equivalent to discerning if the Earth is flat or round. Ditto the gall of Judy Woodruff claiming she is a fair-and-balanced news reader while NPR virtually ignored the Planned Murderhood videos scandal. Do you have any doubt these media mavens give hemorrhoid-causing Hillary a pass when she seamlessly revises and extends remarks to their limits as much as stretching seams of her Chairman Mao Collection pants suits? The leftist butt-kisser's club members also do the same for clean-and-articulate Vice Plagiarist Joe Biden in regard to his anemic charitable donations. Shouldn't MSNBC's malpractice maven Mike Barnicle and [Clinton News Network's](http://www.breitbart.com/radio/2016/11/18/pat-caddell-cnn-smearing-trump-supporters-they-call-everybody-racist/ token Arab bull-spitter) Fareed Zakaria be Biden boosters solely because they're both profound plagiarists or have they already been admonished as JV by POTUS because "You Didn't Write That"?

Helicopter hallucinator Williams, the (bald) face (liar) of NBC News with a five-year, $50 million contract, slapped veterans in the face with his distortion about being "under fire" during the Iraq War. The Chinook Crooks, including Williams' NBC crew, are so delusional they must have exchanged war stories with corkscrew-flying Shrillary Rotten. Mr. Misremember apologized for the longstanding blatant falsehood but it was chock full of weasel words and deceptive in making it seem as if he witnessed the attack despite being about 30 minutes behind the actual incident. If the lunatic Lohans can sue Fox, then the nation's viewers seeking truth, especially veterans, should be able to file a class-action suit against the $10 million/year valor thief. Williams' lame excuse for the principal chopper whopper was his celebrity-driven "memory evolved," giving critical thinkers added-value insight into how evolution really works for tree-hugging/tin-foil-saving leftists. Demoncrat media celebrities from Dan Blather to perky Katie Couric's gun-rights film deception, displaying all of the analytical ability of a chipmunk, are fond of portraying themselves as righteous although Liberal Lyin' associate Mary Joe Kopechne can not be reached for comment.

Dear Ill-Equipped Liberals: What if a gorilla shot an alligator with AR-15 to save Muslim refugee child of transgendered parents ignoring infant while "stalled" by fascination over restroom access? Do-gooder logic from self-styled intellectual supremacists insists any record-snow natural phenomenon in New England, flood in Louisiana or wild-fire out West are directly attributable to man-caused global warming. They could "gun" for a shred of credibility by supporting having Muslims register pressure cookers and knives. As intense as the lovely faces and inspiring brains on The View, the pressure to conform even has the pope seeking to become a climate change-fighting superhero rivaling Al Bore and globe-trotting Barry Obama. Meanwhile, staff-sleeping genius David "No Kidding" Letterman looked like the king of dolts by accepting BSW's series of tall tales hook, line and sinker although an all-wet majority of bed-wetting media misfits curled up in their safe places wet-kissed him and fellow leftist Jon Stewart upon their retirements. Defying common sense, a striking number of progressive nut-jobs claimed they couldn't discern Letterman's politics. Ditto for slanted Stewart, a wannabee journalist like comparable to Step-on-the-truth-to-us) hiding behind comedian mask when a topic thrown out for consumption by Anthony Weiner's beach-house buddy doesn't strike public's funny bone.

Come on folks! Don't you "trust" your memory if a dog bit you drawing blood way back in grade school or receiving stitches in an accident "playing Army" (like Williams) with your childhood buddy down the street? When will NBC's complicit colleagues chime in with firsthand accounts of Blustery Brian's brave crusades or are they just classic "yes-people" cowards reveling in street-cred infotainment limelight of "Black Hawk Down Meets Saving Private Ryan"? Call it 50 shades of say(ing) nothing from a network worthy of sponsorship from Burger King (Home of the Whoppers). Did the hangers-on also secure special-ops gifts (throat-cutter, knife and piece of helicopter fuselage destroyed in Abbottabad compound raid) from acclaimed Navy SEAL Team Six? Geez! It has reached the point where we're surprised their embedded boss didn't manage to edit events where he actually shot and killed UBL rather than Robert O'Neill to try to thwart Fox News' ratings-grabber two-part interview. Running the risk of NBC cancelling Collegehoopedia's beauty pageant, it's time to assert: "A liar is a liar is a liar." Despite needing teleprompter to tell her when to "sigh," a single screed secures more money for Shrillary than the average annual salary of a CEO. If hideous Hillary dropped out of the presidential race, she could have a "little-hard-to-take" show on MSLSD known as "The Anchor Lady." Resembling tongue-tied colleagues, her intro limerick should be "I'm a little teapot, old and stout; open my mouth and lies come out" before signature sign-off citing Sir Walter Scott's quote: "Oh what a tangled web we weave, when first we practice to deceive."

Akin to majority of Shrillary supporters with their credibility shrinking comparable to George Costanza at the beach, none of stench stemming from Williams' preposterous assertions passed plausible smell test. The egomaniac ex-member of the Board of Directors of the Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation must want for himself an award (Yellow Heart from yellow-streak POTUS by toeing the line and refraining from saying Islamic terrorist) or at least an action figure with his likeness. Beset by a bizarre super-hero addiction, Williams asserted he saved puppies as a volunteer firefighter in New Jersey, endured mugging while selling Christmas trees, witnessed history at the Brandenburg Gate the night the Berlin Wall came down and braved rocket fire just under him in Israel (another hectic helicopter trip) before performing marvelous deeds in New Orleans during Hurricane Katrina - "I see dead people" floating by hotel window in French Quarter, coping with gangs invading his five-star lodging (staging area for law enforcement), insisting he contracted dysentery from ingesting flood-waters and craving Slim Jims due to a far-fetched absence of nourishment. But let's face the "facts": If the "more you know (or concoct)" every-man can survive being hit by a R.P.G. (although likely just harrowing sand), the habitual "news-faker" can survive anything (including genuinely being shot down via a six-month suspension without pay). The Tonight Show host wannabe, apparently taking acting lessons from his risque-scene daughter (Allison on HBO series "Girls") based on half-baked apology still alienating the military, must moonlight as a mortician because he claims to "have seen thousands of dead people," including a suicide in the Superdome. The trauma has sure impaired his judgment after he focused on how climate-change conference slated for Paris would be impacted before anyone knew much about carnage stemming from Islamic terrorist attacks.

In the aftermath of serial-embellisher Williams' return, it's only a question of when before parent company Comcast overhauls or pulls the plug on moronic MSNBC where, if evolution is so authentic, a possible Planet of the Apes descendant or stand-in (apparently his evolutionary view) feels compelled to dwell on Happy Darwin Day? Facing a dossier of fantasy fibs, a tearful mea culpa co-hosted by Oprah and Baba Wawa is probably the only way to salvage his career by admitting celebrity was more vital to him than journalism. Speaking of apologies, when will Al Jazeera reject Ayman Mohyeldin, a miscreant Middle East reporter for NBC (No Basic Credibility), seek forgiveness for his repulsive claim that sniper hero Chris Kyle was a "racist" on "killing sprees" while protecting troops in Iraq? It's all as perverted as 60 Minutes' Steve Kroft over at CBS although another broadcast network puff-piece yields insight to the convenient love-fest arrangement regarding Kroft's menage-a-trois interview with Obama and Clinton and Williams successor Lester Holt's psychiatric question about feelings. By any fair-minded definition (including University of Michigan's offensive word-free campus and Shrillary volunteers censuring adjectives), Kroft's claptrap, Holt's hard-hitting question and ABC's Stephanopoulos selling his Dear George soul to the Clintons beyond old Whitewater whitewashing were textbook examples of the ultimate man-made disaster - press and government working together for the common good of the people.

What difference does it make? Frequently amused by pathetic press coverage of elusive definition of radical Islam, $400 million Iranian ransom, unprotected national borders featuring an illegal immigrant disease-dump invasion coming to your community soon, short-term soccer virus knock-out of real football as the nation's top concussion-causing or flopping sport, computer "recycling" by the environmentally-sensitive/magical-way IRS, myopic Michelle's talking shopping carts and a ballet-loving Coast Guard washout worth five Taliban human debris, there are ample reasons why the majority of Americans fail to have confidence in a biased mass media to report the news fully, accurately and fairly. Grabbed by the press posse, major TV networks and liberal rags devoted to "seeking the whole truth" refused to give coverage to a Fox News report acknowledging the dictionary-less Obama Administration denied aid multiple times to Americans attacked and murdered by "random-acting" terrorists in Benghazi on September 11 of all days. A self-righteous stonewalling White House failed to supply requested information to Congress for its hearing oversight, but Judicial Watch obtained declassified emails showing White House Deputy Strategic Communications Adviser Ben Rhodes and other "rogue" (likely from Cincinnati plus probably Phoenix) West Wing p.r. officials/demented dudes/"shadowy characters" orchestrating a "spontaneous" false-narrative prep memo/campaign, especially via cozy chit-chat with AP, to "reinforce" POTUS and to portray the Benghazi consulate terrorist attack as being "rooted in an Internet video, and not a failure of policy." The knuckleheads tried to portray the closing of the U.S. embassy in Yemen as a victory in the "War Against Whatever." Meanwhile, IRS intimidation icon Lerner (a/k/a Toby Miles), disgraced ex-DNC chair Debbie Blabbermouth-Schultz, leftist Congressmen supporting Iranian nuclear deal and Dimorat benefactor George Soros will be among the few Jews in the world for whom Barry Insane Obummer's Administration will defend their backs.

If the group-think pretentious press, spearheaded by certifiable close-minded "Journolist" lib-nuts incapable of separating corrupt from crude, withheld evidence (such as emails from the National Security Advisor's office telling a counter-terrorism unit to stand down), they're as corrupt in a cover-up as the amateurish administration's self-righteous Siskel & Ebert wannabees more concerned with monitoring content of "Bible-clinger" prayers, doctoring talking points, collective salvation outreach, making faces for Buzzfeed video promoting ObamaCare and muzzling Benghazi survivors plus front-line troops who served with a deserter (forced to sign non-disclosure agreements) rather than transparency with the public. Amid the high-horse chaos, we pay for State Department tutors (to get their stories straight) and have the prospect of the incompetent lost-all-pertinent emails IRS enforcing Obamacare if its $1 billion investment enrolling "millions" ever functions properly. Incredibly, there are IRS dogs receiving bonuses despite being delinquent on their own taxes as a VA scandal became a precursor of flailing Obowwowcare. Does the medical coverage for Conservatives include throwing up in their mouths listening to "Dim" politicians, pathetic political pundits and "The View" vixens?

The CCCP (Colossal Collection of Condescending Politicians) fails to comprehend they work for "We the People"; not the other way around. How else do you explain the moral compass of former Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen See-Soul-less, too busy to testify before Congress but not to attend a gala, failing to help a young girl secure a lung transplant years after the "human servant" prolonged her political life by accepting significant donations in Kansas from an abortion doctor known as Tiller the Baby Killer? Perhaps bloodthirsty Demonrats, capable of labeling political opponents as such but not genuine terrorists, would have a little compassion for innocent human babies if they were furry fetuses. Have these petty "public servants" any shame as their leader jokes about a pastry chef lacing pies with crack cocaine? This is supposed to be a nation of laws; not of self-absorbed men and women seemingly releasing more Gitmo detainees than creating quality jobs. Why wasn't there a single honorable IRS employee step forward casting out demons as a whistle-blower about the keep-your-faith-to-yourself agency's targeting of outstanding organizations such as Billy Graham's "mean-spirited" ministries or auditing conservative donors at 10 times the rate of the average citizen?

Why doesn't the lapdog media do its watchdog job and pursue the Benghazi issue providing accountable answers to the many questions accumulated about what precisely occurred in the Celebrity-in-Chief's chamber? The Last Half-rican Standing, stymied by almost 20 years as member of the Church of GD America, needs to rise to occasion and become a genuine leader or get the hell out of the way. Even setting aside "fast-and-furious" race-card reveling DOJ activity, disgusting IRS transgressions, offensive lecturing of Christians at a prayer breakfast and VA Hospital waiting-list death counts, why do the vast majority of the message-massaged media remain so disinterested in pursuing the litany of "jaw-dropping" misstatements and dissembling regarding what was known before and after the Benghazi horror? It wasn't because the misfit media was too busy in Philly prepping for coverage of the chilling capital case carnage in serial killer Dr. Kermit Gosnell's late-term abortion trial or delving into the abuses of an arrogant in-over-his-head AG and party-animal IRS targeting conservative groups plus a network (Fox) more conservative (conspiratorial to loony leftists) than its counterparts. General Motors is alive, but truth from crass White House, Democratic legislators and State Department officials plus an inept press corps is dead. Meanwhile, POTUS (a/k/a "Basketball Bones") is too busy going to the rack at a ceremony with UConn's male and female NCAA hoop champions rather than assembling a coherent response to a full-court press siege in Iraq or take the time to attend Justice Scalia's funeral. After feeding the hungry Huskies his rehearsed lines, a do-our-part plan for the Saul Alinsky devotee in the immediate aftermath included glamour golfing in Palm Springs, where he also went to celebrate Father's Day weekend while his vacation-junkie family ran up another hefty tab separately in Italy.

What difference does it make amid NBC's honey beer-drinking summit Super Bowl interview of Obama Been Lyin' by a network honey? Al Jazeera becomes more objective in its coverage of U.S. politics than incestuous AP (Administration's Press), ABC, CBS, NBC, MSNBC (More Socialist Nonsense By Commentators) and CNN (Contemptible News Network when moderator Candy Crony became a shameless shill as a virtual member of presidential debate team). It seemed like standard operating procedure when CNN's VP and Washington bureau chief tipped the Clinton campaign off to a favorable poll just before its release via her husband, who served as a deputy secretary of state under Shrillary and whose name was floated for a possible high-level spot in a second Clinton White House. In addition to taxpayers underwriting a welfare-receiving terrorist clan in Boston to the tune of more than $100,000 and paying in excess of $300,000 to merciless Major Nidal Hasan while waiting for trial since the felonious Fort Hood shooting, we finance fastidious NPR (should be NWR for National Welfare Radio), which is such a gigantic joke that "All Things Considered" aired no Benghazi features the weekend after compelling Congressional testimony but did allot time to "consider" riveting rhino horns trading. It doesn't seem as if the "All Things" mindset has changed much since a former co-host's husband worked for the presidential campaigns of Obama and ready-to-serve-spit John Kerry (the self-proclaimed Vietnam War hero before heaving his medals and dignity over a fence comparable to Israel's security in a deal with Iran).

Everywhere you turn unless negotiating a bike with all the expertise of Kerry, there is an immeasurable mess stemming from this presidency similar to the former IRS chief's wife toiling for a leftist campaign finance reform group. Devoid of media credentials, First Daughter Chelsea Clinton was given a political favor on a silver-spoon platter via an annual salary of $600,000 when she joined NBC News as a rock-solid "special correspondent" for Williams' Rock Center (in excess of $25,000 for each minute she displayed her hard-working brilliance on-air to make certain she wasn't dead-broke after leaving the White House and academic pursuits). If Webb Hubbell-lipped Chelsea was worth $600,000 to NBC long before possibly reaching Congress on a silver platter after Mommy Dearest was treated in same fashion en route to Senate seat, the peacock-sure network should have paid Ivanka Trump $6 million. Let's hope spoiled-brat Chelsea's "Get Going" book geared toward kids is 180 degrees removed from Bubba's get-going targeting/stalking of younger crowd. Who in their right mind other than perhaps Clinton leg humper Dear George would pay $75,000 for a nepotism-laced one-percenter Chelsea chat (down to $7,500/minute for her precious "work" while mooching off Clinton Foundation)? How much are speeches from Natasha and Malia worth; especially if they remember any of Rev. Wrong's spellbinding sermons unlike their parents, and admit hiding Oreo snacks and smoking products under beds after enduring organic-garden goodies all day or served as experimental youngsters using same restroom as troubled transgenders in father's apostate administration lowering nation's inspiration to "tear down that stall" from "tear down that wall"?

Presidents of ABC and NBC News have siblings working at the White House with cozy ties to Benghazi, CNN's deputy bureau chief is married to a former aide for (brain)dead-broke Hillary and her cocksure campaign manager (Robby Mook) interned for Stephanopoulos. Mook learned so much from Curious George he knows more about how many times confused Kramer visited Seinfeld's apartment than how often his colleagues and White House personnel met with chaos-causing Creamer. NBC News senior political editor Mark Murray is married to an Obama official and new Meet the Depressed moderator UpChuck Todd's spouse worked on 2006 Senate campaign for Jim Webb (D-VA). Todd, exhibiting behavior of a buffoon when saying he was proud of NBC for its handling of Williams' integrity scandal and moonlighting as DNC therapist, secured his start in politics toiling in 1992 presidential campaign for Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA), who wound up nearby for the Howard Dean exorcism and endorsed the Clinton Charade. All "Rhodes" at CBS lead to the network's prez being the brother of Mr. Accountability's "mind-melding" speechwriter and escape-artist extraordinaire going to great lengths to avoid divulging potentially-damaging information on a "Jason Bourne" deserter. It's the best place for this Out House operation using a Masters of Fine Arts in creative writing to "combat" Islamic terrorism.

CBS hired former Obama chief of staff Bill Daley as a contributor while respected investigative reporter Sharyl Attkisson maneuvered out of her contract amid the network's depraved indifference. A prime example of the seamless transition for in-the-tank media was Linda Douglass, who became communications director for the Oval Office's Health Reform Office after serving as ABC's chief congressional correspondent. Such BS shouldn't have been surprising insofar as her lawyer/husband was a big fundraiser for BO. Similarly, Washington Post political reporter Shailagh Murray fit like a glove working under Biden and Obama before wild-eyed communicator Rachel Racusen sandwiched a stint with MSLSD between West Wing flings and daughter of Univision "baby" anchor Jorge Ramos joined Shrillary's campaign. Any legal immigrant knows Whore-hey is the equivalent of Ted Baxter for White America. At CBS, a bozo producer mocked Sen. Rand Paul about "being a doctor" while clueless that he indeed is a physician. Elsewhere, you can always count on Tingles Matthews, the tedious tapeworm of TV tales on MessLSD's "Dumbball," to pee on himself non-stop offering alternate-universe commentary for which you should promptly believe just the opposite; especially when he spews venom about the mother of a deceased State Department employee.

Amid one of the Clintons' best friends funneling in excess of half-million dollars to spouse of high-ranking FBI official, you can't possibly make up all of this conflict-of-interest journalistic junk unless fond of the chummy White House Correspondents Dinner. The "Let's Move" (in together) extends into the kitchen where WH chef Sam Kass is married to dim-bulb former host-ette Alex Wagner from "Fall Backward" network MSLSD. Did she get talking points along with organic-food leftovers from Michelle's gorgeous garden? Departed Spite House Press Secretary/Carnival Barker Jay Carney's wife is Claire Shipman, a senior national correspondent for ABC. Blatant bias stemming from the bozo version of a "Band of Brothers (and Sisters)" also includes the Washington Post's justice department reporter married to the general counsel of the Department of Human Services, ABC News producer married to National Security Advisor/military micro-manager Susan Rice, CNN's deputy Washington bureau chief married to an ex-deputy secretary of state under Clinton, Huffington Post political editor and ex-Newsweek flack Sam Stein's spouse working for White House and NPR's WH correspondent married to a lawyer in the White House counsel's office. The symbolic evacuation from the White House press room because of smoke must have stemmed from deep-background Carney trying to blow smoke up the media's sorry butt with an off-the-record briefing for selected stenographers. Obstructing justice he was sworn to uphold, the ill-tempered AG was the next nefarious nabob to deploy a farcical off-the-record stench-fest pussyfooting around behind closed doors prior to giving illegal immigrants welfare attorneys. His successor was no better as she conducted ill-advised meeting with Bubba before FBI announced its decision regarding subversive spouse. In addition to potty training of their grandchildren, perhaps they also discussed the Clintons' expertise on underwear - Sick Willie getting tax deduction for his skivvies and Shrillary Rotten orchestrating evidence involving pre-teen raped by her client.

Were reports any surprise about Clinton BleachBit operatives privately sanitizing potentially-damaging State Department documents to protect "7th floor" personnel? Oh, the Huma-nitwit-he-he! In Hill's wacky world where she looks more into Yoda than yoga, only four people were killed and she didn't know three of them, anyway. But from their graves, the deceased cry out: "In lieu of flowers, please don't elect Hitlery (unless she at least admits we died)." In an effort to help the buffoonish media shine the light of truth on the Benghazi bungling and scrubbed-a-dozen-times talking points, following are basic "who/what/when/why/where" questions for which the public deserves answers via the president's acolytes:
* Long before throwing INTEL community under the bus, who changed the original talking points and concocted "the (fanciful) spontaneous reaction" to a YouTube video explanation for the attack (framed before the final two deaths) and did the same individual help orchestrate a coordinated response at various venues in the days and weeks immediately following said attack?
* What portion of the entire 7 1/2 hours of the attack did POTUS himself spend in the Situation Room with fellow "mom-jean dudes" and was he directly involved with multiple "stand-down" orders while the attacks were in place? Perhaps he was too busy with debate prep, playing Spades again or some Man's Country "game" with body man/ex-Duke hooper Reggie Love rather than spending 13 seconds overseeing mobilization of rescue troops enduring 13 hours of hell. Let's hope Love, charged with driving while impaired in college, didn't take Barry out on the town to a frat party rather than doing his job in Situation Room.
* When precisely did increasingly imperial POTUS and/or his national security staff first become aware that an attack was underway at the Benghazi compound and did Hillary Clinton and Leon Panetta compare notes before Clinton's proclamation emphasizing a video as the culprit?
* Why was the no-drama Obama Administration's response so lax - failing to issue a CBA (Cross Border Authority) - despite an unmanned drone providing real-time live video feed of the scene? Who atop the chain-of-command was so insensitive they let Americans die during a "demonstration" (not an attack) akin to butchering innocent babies?
* Where is evidence of the "Betray Us" administration's responses to repeated pleas to strengthen security for Americans in Libya, not only from the State Department security chief and man on the ground in charge of security, but from the ambassador? Or were progressive normalization goals with Libya more important than traditional sense of duty? Did the "Deleter of the Free World" aspirant encourage Stevens to go to Benghazi or not to set up a diplomatic outpost?

Trying to find someone "on Koch" more revolting amid the myriad of political con artists than Senate Dimorat "leader" Harry Reid (Nevada), how do you distinguish "Dingy" (who also chimed in with "What Difference Does It Make?" before wowing the nation threatening not to attend a Redskins game) from Dumb from Dumber from Dumbest as the government goofballs and goons reveal they would rather focus their energy on invoking the 5th Amendment by grifters, coddling illegal immigrants, supporting same-sex unions, attending line-dancing conferences at taxpayers' expense, underwriting Sandra Flukey's birth control, sanctioning gays in professional sports and the Boy Scouts, funding transgender operation for military misfit Bradley Manning, monitoring everyone's phone calls including the Pope, bullying insurance companies to keep them quiet, ordering federal workers to spy on each other and giving Miranda rights to terrorists while profiling patriot, pro-life plus Tea Party affiliates? How about giving a craving nation one huge "happiness" conference by dismantling the IRS? In a sick version of Obama "care," the media dimwits such as Eleanor Off-the-Cliff seem as careless and clueless in unearthing authentic autopsy results for a virtually defenseless Ambassador Stevens as the administration is in resolutely rendering justice to the incorrigible Islamic perpetrators. They reach out a kumbaya hand to Islamic scum seeking to slice off our hands (if not more). It's foreign to civility, but it spurs one to drag All the President's "Men" (political parasites) through the caught-by-surprise mud similar to the ambassador's body dragged through foreign streets.

Whether or not they are yucking it up about a significant delay in apprehending a terrorist leader or looking under every rock for a Christian extremist group, this is no witch-hunt because the witches in and out of government are already easy to discern. A classic example is shabby State Department spokesperson MakeMe Barf trashing brave front-line soldiers from her thousands-of-miles-away ivory tower while the haughty hag permanently stained from serving on Obama's debate prep team described torturing towel-heads as "gentlemen", deemed job-training for ISIS (Jobs for Jihadis) as the cure for halting Middle East conflict and doesn't think it's pertinent to know if Hillary's emails contained classified material. While the world went to hell around her, equally dense State Department amateur-hour colleague Gem SockItToMe tweeted about fashion before displaying her utter ignorance being unaware Jews were killed in a terrorist attack on a kosher deli in Paris prior to a timid correction tweet. Can't wait for explanation from intellectual heavyweight rejoining White House communications staff after the State Department reportedly ordered Marines to destroy their weapons upon a humiliating abandonment of the U.S. embassy in Yemen, which was Obama's textbook example of success only months earlier. Regrettably, we pay the salaries of charming charlatans who threw their political weight behind declining to put Boko Haram thugs on the terrorist list before the Islamic militants in Nigeria burned 29 students alive, massacred 59 schoolboys at a boarding school and kidnapped nearly 300 school girls (threatening to sell them into slavery).

Roped-off reporters are so far up Hillary's butt during her cow(ard) roundup they could detail what she consumed doing lunch with double-dipping scrawny surrogate Huma after running down their Scoobie Doo SUV. Has the idolatry-practicing media, with fawning NBC planning a mini-series on Clinton before backing off on the project, contrasted "equal-protection-under-the-law" security measures for Ambassador Stevens compared to her when she went overseas? Did Eleanor Roosevelt give Her Thighness seance insight on baking cookies, covering up a sex and prostitution probe on her watch, lessons on transporting herself on a broom or how mostly unseen movie trailers incite Muslims? Seemingly, it's always the fault of someone else with this contemptible crowd, looking as phony as actress Diane Lane playing the role of Shrillary - which is akin to George Clooney playing the role of Dick Vitale. It takes-a-village idiot such as truth deflector Victoria "F**k the EU!" Nuland to believe her crutch, but perhaps the Democrap ditz potty mouth is simply adding to the vast right-wing conspiracy featuring a seemingly never-ending gateway list from Whitewater to Wipeserver including Filegate, Sandy Burglar "lifting" National Archives classified documents, Buddhist Templegate, Sick Willie's intern cigar, Travelgate, Vince Foster's suicide, Lippogate, Marc Rich's pardon, Lootergate, wagging the dog, Vandalgate, Orgy Island, Servergate, Foundation pay-to-play, etc., etc., etc. Now, gaffe-tastic Hillary "misses the bigger picture" sounding "is-is" similar to hubby: "I did not have decision-making responsibilities for that compound - Benghazi." Meanwhile, Billy Boy will stay above the email and server frays by claiming: "I did not have texts with that woman - who lied about name origin." When Hillary eventually implodes, lunatic Oven Stuffer Sugardaddy Soros will have underwritten a leftist Holocaust similar to when the Democratic Party hijacker posed as a Christian teenager watching numerous fellow Hungarian Jews shipped off to death camps.

The "buck" can't find any place to stop at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, where "time-is-of-the-essence" POTUS chimes in on earthshaking cultural topics involving dumbbell Donald Sterling, Undocumented Democrats-to-be and documentarian Michael Sam but doesn't supply his itinerary the evening when Americans were killed in Libya. Neither the self-enamored emperor nor his underwhelming underlings have any clothes or complete candor as the IRS commissioner only remembers one Easter Egg roll among his excessive 157 White House visits. Amid trying to discern State Department protocol during an attack, there was a preposterous assertion from Defense Secretary Leon Panetta that "assets couldn't get there (Benghazi) in time." Is patronizing Panetta also commiserating with an omniscient Eleanor regarding upper-brass orders to save Americans? How did he know with such authority the length of "time" the siege would take as they fought for their lives? Maybe he was too busy on other travel-time matters planning his next cross-country commute home to California at tax-payer expense on military jets. Panetta isn't as principled as the press likes to portray him after Monica "I'm No. 44 (or so)" Lewinsky "worked" in the Chief of Staff's office during the government shutdown. Did this leech-filled leadership just cut their losses and "run" (let them die) rather than risk additional casualties before making the rounds, including hard-hitting media moguls Letterman (there he is again) and Barbara Walters, with their video fairy-tale?

What difference does it make? Our nation's Effeminate Embellisher doesn't need to be Winston Churchill, but we don't need Ward Churchill off the reservation overseeing our 57 states. Is there a single stooge from the out-of-control whining White House who would serve with honor and distinction as they boast fewer jobs created than babies aborted? They should focus more on closing their collective mouths than closing Gitmo. If they were candid, they would be promoting their effeminate boss as cover boy on the new $10 bill. The second term of a president, resembling life, is like a roll of toilet paper when you're ill. The closer you get to the end, the faster the _ _ _ _ goes resembling his brother-in-law cast adrift as Oregon State's coach. Held hostage by an Ariel Castro-like media as manipulative as Jodi Arias, the general public suffers from gullible glorification syndrome. Whatever political position you're in when the _ _ _ _ hits the fan, you just hope the grandstanding leader of the free world letting the entire Middle East turn into Alqaedaistan exhibits more "Barry" backbone (equivalent of a slinky according to Fox News funnyman Greg Gutfeld) than a best-and-the-brightest Boy King raised by an Indonesian nanny who subsequently joined a group of transvestites called the Dancing Dolls.

Unwilling to be a doll and dance around the topic like CNN's plane video of Sinator Oboner on the campaign trail pretending he was a basketball star strutting his stuff at nightclub, a problem ("phony scandal") persists that the overwhelming majority of slanted reporters chronicling events big and small, including the toy department (sports), write through a liberal "Jayson Blair" prism insulting our common sense and intelligence. A classic example of unethical standards was the love triangle among the elite press (Washington Compost)/government (DOJ and FCC)/sports (soft landing with The Undefeated). Many media minions are as embarrassingly attentive to what is going on as Supreme Judge Ruth at the state-of-the-union speech. Thus, the toughest question Obama, the executive with excessive excuses and 72% approval among Muslims, faced in a given year from the press "rat pack" probably was an ESPN bracket racket inquiry concerning whether his alma mater (Harvard) was going to advance to the second round in NCAA basketball playoff competition. How often did ESPN saps such as golfing partner Michael Wilbon and chatty host of morning show for non-workers Jemele Hill indulge themselves with "Audacity of Hype" presidential picks promoting the NCAA tourney while failing to exactly provide "fair share" equal time from the opposing party? At least Around-the-Horn(dog) ESPN, a Ashley Madison underwriter presenting itself as knowing as much about everything as Edward Snowden (including driving social issues down our just-want-to-watch-sports throats), didn't also portray Sir Remake America as a baseball expert following the bleeding-heart leftist's feeble ceremonial first pitch worthy of donning mom jeans while attending a MLB All-Star Game. Unquestionably, social engineering ESPN, gutting Grantland while trying to launch Undefeated website, seeks to provide fib-lib ideals such as obsession with "Redskins" more of a forum than conservative commentators such as Mike Ditka and Curt Schilling.

Let me be clear: Don't you wish the agenda-driven media would have "encouraged" leave-no-deserter-behind to develop priorities putting as much effort into meeting a budget deadline or getting the FBI to investigate Benghazi sooner than a month later instead of swooning over the Rev. Wrong disciple while providing a bracket, accepting mulligan lessons from Tiger, hosting parties at Club Obama, helping fill out H&R Block tax forms for Al "Not So" Sharpton or releasing illegal immigrant criminals from prison? If not relevant items, couldn't they at least ask him: "What's the deal with the First Lady taking separate planes at taxpayer expense on your vacation junkets?" or "Why are Gitmo detainees receiving better health care than American veterans?" or "Did global warming cause Godzilla to return?" or "Do you want to be known as Traitor Jack after an incentive-for-kidnapping swap of five gold-star throat-slitting savages for one lily-white deserter?" or "Do you accept the laughable line that the IRS, which demands Charles Citizen keep his financial records for seven years, can't supply pertinent emails over a critical seven-month span for the gang-of-seven?" or "How many lone wolves does it take to make a pack of Islamic terrorists?" or "Are the three branches of the federal government called Me, Myself and I?"

But then most of the honorable and distinctive media elite such as former CNN Misfire moron/shameless shrew Stephanie "Lying is a Virtue" Cutter are in the same fast-tracking cartel with chronic fabricator Tokyo Rice, who said the meandering misfit served with "honor and distinction" after a repulsive victory-lap Rose Garden publicity-stunt production where Allah was praised by Papa Taliban but not a word of gratitude directed toward the numerous shut-up-and-salute authentic soldiers killed and injured striving to rescue Mr. AWOL for Afghans. Would an extremist rules-for-radicals administration gone awry cooperate with a Hollyweird producer for a movie ("Saving Private Bergdahl"), available in Pashto, focusing on an ultimate warrior gone bad probably because of another YouTube video failing to generate four stars from Shrillary's shady State Department? Only the smartest man in the world could interrupt his ideological executive orders and negotiate a deal to save someone ashamed to be an American. Bowe Knows Islam apparently was fading fast with an illness that could only be promptly treated at a VA hospital. If you boast a triple-digit IQ and believe anything from the Worst Wing spin machine including smug Christiane Amanpour and Valerie Jarrett with their Iranian backgrounds, then God (not Allah) help us all. Who possesses the most credibility and represents the best of us - selfless soldiers daily putting their lives on the line or self-centered White House/State Department shills or self-important genuinely raggedy reprehensible press?

What difference does it make? Well, when the lame-stream sports media is as incompetent as the general newsroom and editorial department, they foist make-believe heroes upon us such as Lance Armstrong, Ryan Braun, Jose Fernandez, Aaron Hernandez, Ben Johnson, Marion Jones, Muslim convert Colon Crapernick, Johnny Manziel, Slick Rick Pitino, Ray Rice, A-Roid, Josh Shaw, O.J. Simpson, Manti Te'o, Michael Vick, Jameis Winston, "The Carolina Way" (Afro-Studies academic fraud) and the Jackie Robinson West All-Stars. Do you really believe brand-protecting ESPN knew absolutely nothing about stretching the Chicago boundaries of Little League Baseball? A majority of the cesspool press pool cheered Sam Who I Am's social-engineering progressive values amid sizing up his shower habits after jeering Tim Tebow's religious "The Great I Am" standards. In basketball specifically, hoop media sycophants canonize tattooed Louisville coach Pitino not long after his brazen bistro-closing porn-star tryout and Jimmy V is hailed endlessly in history rewrites despite coach Valvano having two different schools - Iona and North Carolina State - vacate NCAA playoff participation. As if enthralled with Pitino getting a title tattoo, catching an enormous marlin, being featured on Maker's Mark bourbon bottles and donning Kanye West adidas shoes isn't enough, the inept media's touchy-feely attempts in social engineering included trying to elevate Jason Collins to Jackie Robinson-like status.

At the time, Collins was cited as a "star" by sports know-nothing ABC anchor-ette Diane Sawyer, the wife of a Hollyweird director. Was Collins embellished as celestial because he averaged 1.1 points and 0.9 rebounds per game last season, 1.1 ppg and 1.3 rpg over the last two seasons, 1.2 ppg and 1.4 rpg over the previous three seasons, 1.4 ppg and 1.6 rpg the previous four seasons, 1.3 ppg and 1.5 rpg the previous five NBA seasons or because he fits nicely into smug Sawyer's social world view as Charles Gibson's truth-telling successor before she herself stepped aside in mid-2014? At least sanctimonious Sawyer, sounding almost like Shrillary after putting on Depends adhesive side up, showed her expertise in softball(s) with hot-air inquiries to Syrian dictator Bashar Assad about iPods and video games.

The misguided media, responding like the NSA in the "least untruthful manner," is so focused on accuracy that much of it offered a one-sided depiction of troubled teen Trayvon Martin as a Skittles-loving (not weed-smoking) model citizen who must have innocently been kicked out of his home and school perhaps because he was fond of hanging around full-fledged liars who can't read cursive (eloquent to MSNBC smear merchants) coupled with his flaws including prejudiced thinking that Hispanics (White-Hispanic to appease race hustlers) could become "creepy-ass crackers." Fueled by hoodie-donning intellectual heavyweights such as the Miami Heat, a reported $1 million-plus wrongful death settlement with a homeowners association was a "justice" byproduct of the demise of the parents' son apparently enthralled with a "Gangsta" culture. It didn't take long for Baltimore bozos to exhibit their political prowess in a similar $6.4 million settlement regarding an individual with nearly two dozen drug-related offenses while incompetent city attorney failed to turn over exculpatory evidence to defense attorneys for their own police officers.

Of course, it's all about just one side of the political spectrum getting along with the other to the Amen progressive "pew" from politically-correct pundits plus gaily being who you are in a permissive society. What a stunner Collins was promptly slated to join the First Lady at a high-fiving Democrapic fundraiser. But this fundraiser was a genuine political spontaneous reaction! Will Collins, a college classmate of Chelsea Clinton, courageously dwell on the No. 98, which is about the number of months he fraudulently strung his fiancée along (see Cosmopolitan feature on fellow Stanford product Carolyn Moos)? The brave Brooklyn Nets should have signed Moos to a contract as the first women's player in the NBA since Collins didn't help inspire his teammates any more than coach Jason Kidd. At least it would have taken some attention away from nut-job Donald Less-Than-Sterling, who should have remembered the old adage: "It is better to keep your mouth shut and be thought a fool than opening your mouth and removing all doubt!"

What difference does it make? The full-confidence Soviets with Pravda boast a more objective and truthful media slant than the ABC pap provided from Stephanopoulos, who received a masters in (liberal) theology utilized in a bimbo-eruption Clinton War Room before "earning" a seven-year, $105 million contract. By any measure, the puff-piece enemies of illumination failed vetting Obama and his leftist fantasies before he became POTUS other than perhaps focusing on an alleged hoop prowess. But as former NBA Commissioner David Stern, a stereotypical liberal-leaning lawyer, said in jest about Obama's basketball background: "He thinks he's better than he really is." Although probably not intentional, Stern's dispassionate assessment also summarizes Obama's outlandish high-horse presidency running up the national debt as fast as he runs away from using the phrase "Islamic terrorist." At the risk of becoming the next U.S. citizen subject to a drone strike, it should be emphasized, when failing to toe the fictional party line of the high-and-mighty real sideshow, you become a demoted diplomat, face intimidation tactics having your phone records seized or are targeted by going on the abuse-of-power IRS enemies list (a/k/a "horrible customer service"). Obummer, while never mentioning the Clinton Cash racket, is so delusional he theorizes Republicans/conservatives are to blame for Loser Lois' widespread targeting.

Astonishingly, the staging-question IRS is "used" as a springboard by West Wing wackos to drive Obamacare down our throats via the same wily _itch with no integrity but plenty of bonus money despite showing her disdain for conservatives by calling them A-holes as part of her "serving" the public's interest in a non-partisan fashion. While the disgraced I-R-ME$$ official is feeding at the public servant trough (six-figure retirement) after previously harassing the Christian Coalition while with the FEC, someone needs to slow "learn her" by forcing miscreant Ms. 5th to take a remedial ethics class commencing with the Golden Rule while waiting for fallout from being held in contempt of Congress and a convenient catastrophic computer crash. Meanwhile, the nauseous networks yawned and "confidentially" looked the other way when e-mails showed computer-recycler Loser, amid distributing feelers to hook on with a pro-Obama group, sent a database of tax-exempt organizations to the FBI right before the 2010 midterm elections.

Portraying a murderous attack in Benghazi, Libya, as if it occurred in the same war as the Battle of the Bulge, it might be old news to former "stylistic" Left Wing spokesperson/current CNN spin-meister Jay Blarney while the ex-Time magazine Washington chief did his zero-credibility imitation of propagandist Joseph Goebbels with a "hope and change (the topic)" routine before getting out of Dodge (The Truth). Seems as if jaundiced Jay, who implied the IRS apologized for "not" doing something wrong, and his unprincipled ilk such as equally truth-allergic successor Josh "Anything But" Earnest proclaim a memo emphasizing Benghazi has nothing to do with Benghazi and Baghdad Bergdahl served honorably. In regard to sizing up real men, Blarney, Earnest and their misleading minions aren't a pimple on the butt of any of the genuine patriots the Out House slimed as swift-boating someone the soldiers knew firsthand. Previously, a classic example of the blame game and absence of accountability from the meek media was when the feds were more concerned with detaining some obscure producer of an anti-Islamic film making light of the prophet Mohammed. At least the dereliction-of-duty dunderheads such as CIA taxpayer-paid liar Mike More-ill(ness) didn't pull out the workplace-violence or man-made disaster card again during this convenient-truth process.

What difference does it make? Well, the excuse-ridden Obama Administration - either grossly incompetent or purposefully in "crude and disgusting" fraud - dealt with a terrorist assault on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi by shamelessly standing in front of caskets at an airport hangar (plus the White House press corps, the U.N. and national politically-oriented shows such as Meet the Depressed) offering an orchestrated al-Qaeda on-the-run narrative claiming the nondescript video was responsible for the murder of the American ambassador and three other Americans. Their most despicable act was regurgitating the same outrageous ruse face-to-face to grieving family members while focusing more on securing "second" non-disclosure agreements from survivors. How authentic or outright evil were those narcissistic embraces from Big Balls Biden and fellow fatal finaglers? Any miserable individual who emphasized a movie lie in one-on-one conversations with mourners doesn't possess the dignity worthy of setting foot on White House grounds except solely to use a pooper scooper while donning rubber gloves. Ingrained into their psyche, they consider lying normal behavior while showing true colors shunning nation's largest police union. If the Clinton Crime Syndicate Foundation and co-conspirators would only pay a dollar to U.S. Treasury for every fabrication emanating from them, the deficit could be paid off in short order.

Incredibly, a Navy SEAL among the deceased violated stand-down orders to help save numerous individuals at the death-trap embassy and then fought the terrorists for 7 1/2 hours while his pleas for backup at a nearby annex were ignored by government officials real-time watching events unfold. Weeks later, the evasive apologist-in-chief and cowardly cronies were still striving to supply a cogent response to their deflect-and-deny sacrificial-lamb inaction all for the sake of propping up progressive policies. Where's a photo of the vaunted Obama Team deliberating at least 7 1/2 minutes, or even 7 1/2 seconds, during the Benghazi attack? Was Mr. Teleprompter even there at all to provide any input possibly "sending in the cavalry" or were his charges more concerned about contacting YouTube about a manufactured vile video? Bracing for a cross-country campaign trip, did malingerer "That's Not What We Do" go to bed while brave Americans were savaged or is it indeed "an irrelevant fact" less important than raising funds in Las Vegas? If not, then be transparent enough to at least conduct a stand-up, man-up press conference detailing what you did do during the "acting stupidly" stand-down. The Sgt. Schultz "I know nothing!" ploy isn't very becoming for an infallible commander-in-chief as it spills over to the FBI and all of the terribly-flawed feet-of-clay mental-midget mercenaries surrounding a conceited community organizer with their evolving web of deceit. Wasn't fist-bumping Obama back on the golf course about 7 1/2 minutes after announcing an American was beheaded?

Infected by pop culture, reality shows, Al Bore's global-warming hoax and thrills going up noxious newscasters legs, the average shallow American dwells on Angelina Jolie's discarded mammary glands, forlorn Amanda Knox's knife collection, Donald's luck dealing with 50-year younger model/archivist and Gitmo hunger strikers but can't spell Benghazi or even know which continent it's located. When not exploiting children as human shields for an assortment of altruistic motives, POTUS didn't mind hiding behind Hildebeast via a film fabrication as her pay-for-play State Department lawyer told witnesses not to speak to House investigators. If elected POTUS after "Debbie Does (Debate) Delay," Hillary's "tough choices" judgment is so grandiose she would probably appoint a pervert (either Sick Willie or Huma's half-witted husband "Carlos Danger/Randy Mongoose") to be in charge of the White House's intern program and cigar room. Bubba would probably secure the seeds-to-sow "job" since her success was achieved solely from riding his coattails. When pushing for crackdown on "epidemic" of campus sexual assault, she could have gotten off to good start regarding topic in general by neutering her chasing-tails spouse who VP pick Tim Kaine previously proclaimed should resign because of intern intertwining. Perhaps the womanizing enabler should be reminded about her personal "War on Women" cherishing so-called bimbo eruptions.

If you had a family member in dire straits pleading for help, would you rather summon support from blameless Barack Hussein Obama, Hillary the Hypocrite's hubris or heroic Tyrone Woods? You don't need a lie-detector to even contemplate thinking about debating who is more Benghazi believable - Woods' father or Hillary Rotten? Hitting closer to home in raw terms, who would you rather have as a "sacrificial" neighbor because of comparable integrity and moral values? Period! The U.S. "isn't a Christian nation" according to our fearless leader, but the answer is clear among God-fearing folks in flyover country who always seem to know a mite more about vital issues than our country's CEO (Creative Explanation Opportunist) until hearing after-the-fact media reports. Shackled by a warped sense of tone-deaf priorities, how hard did ethically-bankrupt Obama and Clinton negotiate a deal with Iran's Revolutionary Guard to release an American Christian pastor detained for years after entering the country on a humanitarian mission?

What difference does it make? Before making a repugnant remark that the Taliban 5 senior leadership isn't a threat to America, hoodwinking @Hillary's principal documented achievement as Secretary of State may have been putting an excessive amount of emphasis on that specific difference-making phrase/question. On the other hand, it could be facial pain every night after all the fake Joker-grin smiling Hill the Hun (husband's description of her) does all day on her Area 51 campaign trail more concerned about aliens from outer space than those strutting across unchecked along our Southern border. Easily recognized as Old Yeller to aging sexists fond of affixing Disney-movie titles as nicknames, her corrosive comments are reminiscent of disgraced Dan Rather at CBS frequently ending with an inane Robert Redford-worthy reference to "courage." Her tenacity, the genesis of which is captured in her senior thesis at Wellesley on Saul Alinsky, consisted of roaming the globe comparable to the ghost of Jacob Marley dragging money trunks behind her on a chain. Rather's blather was a lamentable trait exhibited by CBS when it concealed footage for an extended period from a 60 Minutes interview with Obama where he clearly refused to categorize the Benghazi attack as an act of terror. Of course, curious George is deemed a journalistic giant by ABC and eye candy for opposite-sex viewers after earning his spurs as a political hack for the petulant Clintons disparaging one female after another in the midst of Sick Willie's debauchery and hiding $75,000 in donations to their suspect enterprise. Did Little Georgie, not only vertically challenged but integrity challenged, know interns (especially blue-dress donning female) were not supposed to be in the West Wing without an escort or did the butt boy for the Clinton Crime Family simply look the other way? Perhaps Lyin' Williams was there and can give us the straight libido scoop about "Crooked" Bill relieving job pressure doing the dirty on the presidential seal rather than the self-styled chick magnet focusing on sealing the fate of OBL. Eschewing ethics and honor, are these condescending guttersnipes the best and most honest our country can produce in the newsrooms, Oval Office and State Department as they stretch the truth as much as excuse-ridden Nanny Pathetic does her sparkling-and-dazzling face while latest hacked hag supported get-out-of-jail-free cards to savages and denial of the total truth to family members of savaged Americans?

A collection of contemptible characters and ethical-escapee excrement, telling the truth as often as cicadas return, could fill their own "worst wing" of the aptly-named Clinton Correctional Facility by telling pasty Shrillary she looks stunning in a bikini. Surrounded by army of apoplectic aliens sucking up to her like a Kardashian can, no wonder she is so fond of UFOs. Old vacuum cleaners don't suck as much as Step-child George, fellow creepy Clintonista phonies such as Paul Begala, Sandy Burglar, Sidney Blumenthal, David Brock, "Trailer Trash" Carville, Lanny Davis, Rahm Emanuel, David Gergen, Harold Ickes, David Kendall, Bruce Lindsey, Terry "Lincoln Bedroom Racketeer" McAuliffe, Bernie Nussbaum, Panetta, John Podesta plus Bill Richardson and many media mavens defending the Clinton Foundation erstwhile slush fund. If Snuff-out-the-truth-to-us wasn't a hollow shell of a journalist, Georgie would help orchestrate an illuminating expose on allocation of charitable donations comparing the Clinton ruse of 10% to 15% directly aiding charity work to organizations such as Feeding America (98%), Feed the Children (92%), Red Cross (91%), World Vision (85%) and Salvation Army (82%). But at least the anemic charity-aid percentage is higher than Obama's resettlement percentage of Christians among Syrian refugees. At any rate, shouldn't the Clinton Global Initiative already have ample resources stemming from hefty speaking-engagement fees and program for safe-drinking water in third-world locales such as Haiti and Flint? Need any more rehab input, Gorgeous, to help with your self-inflicted stronger-together credibility crisis leaving you "All Too (Partisan) Human"?

Gorgeous never had credibility, anyway, after his handling of Sick Willie's draft induction notice and wispy War Room wizardry. Whether or not Williams was there, perhaps Step-child thought Mitchell was going to get to the entire truth for once in her biased career. Odds are Little George was in the vicinity in moonlighting role as a Jiminy Cricket conscience when his boss turned the White House into personal Out House brothel. Does this truth teller "titan" have firsthand knowledge regarding how Monica became the "Blue Pass Princess" as a paid staffer or will he elaborate on bigotry stemming from racial elements involving Little Rock hooker Bobbie Ann Williams and William Clay alias? Rather than accepting Rhodes' fiction verbatim, should Step-on-the-truth-to-us give an authentic author - thriller novelist Brad Thor - insider information and a forum to create a solution to the Clinton corruption? In the meantime, journalistic giant Georgey and majority of lame-stream media don't believe a Secret Service agent is worthy of interview about his book to discern whether Shrillary cursed SS agents and hurled a Bible at one of them. So wooden she makes Walter Mondale and Al Bore appear charismatic, at least she isn't a Bible-clinger of whom Obama is so derisive.

Offsetting Hillary For Prisoner 2016, the clever dwarf perhaps can help her concoct a new campaign slogan: "Hurry up and elect me so I can pardon myself before I'm incarcerated." Meanwhile, she sounded like a Maxine Smart(ass) with half-baked server apology: "Sorry about that, fief!" But at least right-thinking Americans are "Get(ting) Smart" by tuning out the Clintons' aging act/stale show. They have emerged as Exhibit A for fecal formula forging what a liberal education and law degree can do for an individual - provide license to be dishonest, insincere and unaccountable. All right, in Albright lingo there is a special place in hell for anyone who supports the Clinton corruption. Anything they say is reminiscent of floating a bad check. Albright probably thinks Shrillary's following comments are supportive of Bubba's victims: "Who is going to find out? These women are trash. Nobody's going to believe them." Just like believing her spiel about equal pay for women except on her staff. Bottles of Trump wine should be put on distinguishing characteristic ice all across the country waiting to celebrate an indictment of HRC (Hillary Really Corrupt). Last unqualified human out of Over-the-Hill(ary) campaign HQ needs to turn off the lights and customized server. Eventually, there will be no vetting by God for HildaBeast and her craven Clinton cronies; simply a chute straight to see Satan.

The biggest loser over the last couple of election cycles is the mangy "never-seen-you-lose" media serving as little more than the Praetorian Guard for liberal lunacy praising Planned Murderhood and its accompanying neck-snipping murders of innocent babies while smearing whistle-blowers crestfallen over the "abandoned" murders of innocent colleagues. Meanwhile, has an enterprising sports reporter ever evaluated how many abortions have been sanctioned by college basketball coaches so female players could remain on the court and male players wouldn't be hampered by becoming deadbeat dads (see Duke All-American J.J. Redick's abortion contract with a model)? No, the media can't be too concerned about the cavalier blood-thirsty hobby to lobby for ditching unwanted little ones when a men's championship coach has an extortion trial, end-of-the-pack Kentucky Derby horse, limited-edition bourbon bottle, meaningful marlin, favorite son, Lexus dealership and testimonial tattoo to cover. And by the way, will computer whiz Dickie V charge a premium for his next speech on hacking after he was sacked from covering Duke/North Carolina?

Americans deserve an honest government covered by a media doing more than just being PRESStitutes for POTUS or extension of a university's public-relations department. Although his publication seemed to always go out of its way to support the Obama Administration, it's a mite unnerving how former Princeton hoopster Richard Stengel seems to make a smooth transition from managing editor of Time magazine to under secretary of state for public diplomacy and public affairs at the State Department. Stengel subsequently supported a one-sided deal with Iran where the U.S. doesn't exercise leverage and multiple journalists remain in jail. As shamelessly one-sided as conservatives have asserted for years, excessive media malpractice finally discarded the pretense of objectivity. Once and for all after spouse for NPR's White House correspondent joined counsel's office for her beat, they have been unmasked as aggressive advocates; not adversarial journalists. According to a Gallup poll, fewer than 1/4 of American adults have "a great deal" of confidence in newspapers and television news as meaningless red lines behind widespread yellow streaks. In a classic case of bias, Brazilla-based CNN had countless instances of fabrications to investigate (Liar! Liar! Pantsuit on Fire!) but spent an inordinate amount of effort trying to find a modest misstatement or two in stories from Dr. Ben Carson's childhood practicing their craft prior to parsing every word from The Donald to fit their next distortion narrative.

Running in parallel with a decrease in quality of play on the court is a reduction in competence of the pom-pom press covering them. How many sports news outlets based in the states of North Carolina and Kentucky regularly follow Duke and Louisville basketball in the ACC? How could the "Worst Little Whorehouse in KY" go on for years unnoticed? But a student newspaper and aging hooker needed to exhibit sufficient spine to do down-and-dirty jobs. Why didn't a single enterprising reporter from the professional local press and national media rise to the occasion; especially in Carolina on the heels of UNC's scholastic shenanigans? A worthwhile story stared them right smack in their mugs (faces and beers) regarding why Rasheed Sulaimon became the first in-season dismissed player during Mike Krzyzewski's long Durham Dynasty tenure. Methinks the see-no-(d)evil/hear-no-(d)evil/speak-no-(d)evil journalistic jewels were an Olympian distance up King K's 1,000-win can en route to trying to secure access to the Rio luxury ship living quarters. When the legal laryngitis fades away, will ESPN conduct a spectacle with Shane Battier, Jay Bilas and Jay Williams interviewing K about a potential colossal cover-up while other former Blue Devil standouts and chronic coaching apologist Duke Vitale serve as a support backdrop? In an effort to help separate fact from fiction, inquire whether athletic department personnel aware of sexual assault allegations reported the cases to the Office of Student Conduct per their Title-IX obligation.

It's the server, stupid! Blind chimps chucking darts connect more often with accuracy than the weekday evening/Sunday morning intellectually-superior ruling class/political pundits/Strategists (a/k/a snake oil salespeople). J-School graduates are bad enough but many of TV's haughty hosts weren't even groomed as undergraduates to become journalists. Law school, history/international studies, philosophy and political science/economics majors dominate among Stephanopoulos and other hapless journalistic jewels including Ashleigh Banfield, Wolf Blitzer, Erin Burnett, Eleanor Clift, Anderson Cooper, Chris Cuomo, David Gregory, Poppy Harlow, Chris Hayes, Margaret Hoover, Abby Huntsman, Megyn Kelly, Rachel Maddow, Chris Matthews, Andrea Mitchell, Joe Scarborough, Kate Snow, Chuck Todd, Greta Van Susteren, Meredith Vieira, Alex Wagner and Judy Woodruff. In the aftermath of Brian's lyin' and CNN Senior Media Correspondent Brian Stelter, great-and-glorious Geraldo, PolitiFact refusing to rate Williams' Iraq fable plus USATODAY hacks going out of their way to try to defend a fellow fib-lib, the good news is that the influence-peddling gig for the reprehensible broadcast networks, major daily newspapers and newsweeklies is nearly expired because the less-than-honest brokers are gutless wonders shackled by a business model in free-fall. Just ask tarnished leftist know-it-all Tina "Bitter Brit" Brown after losing $100 million in editorial endeavors and commentary totally devoid of neutrality. Whether it's Newsweek, New York magazine, Pro Football Weekly, Spin, The Sporting News, Talk magazine, 30 AOL brands after The Huffington Post "gold-digger" merger or debt-ridden dailies offering employee buyouts all across the country, good riddance to the fourth-rate estate (NY/LA Slimes, Washington Compost, NY/Philly Daily Liberal Views, Atlanta Journal-Constipation, St. Louis Post-Disgrace, etc.) and don't let death's door hit you in your contemptible can on the way out! To put it bluntly, may you and your deplorable-descriptive adjectives such as "White-Hispanic" rot among feces at the bottom of a bird or animal cage!

Huffin'-and-Puffin'-a-ton, paying its contributors in the neighborhood of 15 cents an hour, knows as much about the difference between entertainment and politics as Airhead-ianna physically contributed to keep her husband from crossing over to what he perceived a more stimulating gender. When the putrid press as we know it, totally wrong so incredibly long, is put out to pasture (including many suspect sports sandboxes and eventually the worthless White House press corps), what difference does it make as the disgraced relinquish the fight akin to quitter Roberto Duran (No Mas! No Mas!)? Actually, comedian Ron White has blossomed over the years into the smartest man in the world; especially with his "you-can't-fix-stupid" routine accurately depicting the vast majority of entitled mess media and political pundit personalities summed up by Williams, Stephanopoulos and ESPN rant-babe Britt "Just Another Petty Face" McHenry. In the meantime while seeking a free-speech safe place on the fringe, we'll simply conduct a "Countdown Circumcision" for when caustic commentator Keith "Worst Person in the World" Olbermann inevitably returns to or departs from BSPN or Mess-LSD again as lunatic lie-beral keeps coming back to his flunky followers like herpes infection. After a huge hammer removed the empty pants suit blocking the draining of the swamp, we need to discern where to donate to fund for celebrities promising to leave country if they were trumped in election.

On This Date: Ex-College Hoopsters Make Their Mark on July 30 MLB Games

Extra! Extra! Read all about memorable major league baseball achievements and moments involving former college basketball players! Baseball is portrayed as a thinking man's game but only 4% of active MLB players earned college diplomas. Nonetheless, numerous ex-college hoopsters had front-row seats to many of the most notable games, transactions and dates in MLB history.

Unless you habitually pore over the content at baseballlibrary.com, baseballreference.com and nationalpastime.com, following is a July 30 calendar focusing on such versatile MLB athletes:

JULY 30

  • Chicago Cubs 2B Glenn Beckert (three-year basketball letterman for Allegheny PA) provided four hits against the Cincinnati Reds in the opener of a 1967 twinbill.

  • Texas Rangers RHP Jim Bibby (Fayetteville State NC backup player and brother of UCLA All-American Henry Bibby) fanned 13 batters while hurling a no-hitter against the first-place Oakland A's in 1973.

  • Texas Rangers 1B Larry Biittner (runner-up in scoring and rebounding in 1966-67 for Buena Vista IA) went 4-for-4 in a 2-1 victory against the Oakland Athletics in the opener of a 1972 doubleheader.

  • Milwaukee Braves 2B Frank Bolling (averaged 7.3 ppg in 1950-51 for Spring Hill AL) belted a double off Hank Aguirre for the N.L. in the second 1962 All-Star Game. Pittsburgh Pirates SS Dick Groat (two-time All-American with Duke in 1950-51 and 1951-52 when finishing among nation's top five scorers each season) contributed two hits and two RBI for the N.L. and Washington Senators RHP Dave Stenhouse (three-time All-Yankee Conference selection for Rhode Island from 1952-53 through 1954-55) started for the A.L.

  • 2B Marv Breeding (played for Samford in mid-1950s) traded by the Washington Senators to the Los Angeles Dodgers in 1963.

  • In the midst of a career-high 12-game hitting streak, Pittsburgh Pirates 1B Donn Clendenon (four-sport letterman with Morehouse GA) manufactured four safeties against the Atlanta Braves in a 1968 game.

  • Philadelphia Athletics C Mickey Cochrane (played for Boston University in early 1920s) went 4-for-4 with two homers and six RBI in an 8-5 win against the St. Louis Browns in 1931.

  • Alvin Dark (letterman for LSU and USL during World War II) fired as manager of the Cleveland Indians in 1971.

  • Philadelphia Phillies 2B Denny Doyle (averaged 2.7 ppg for Morehead State in 1962-63) went 4-for-4 against the St. Louis Cardinals in a 1971 outing, triggering a nine-game hitting streak.

  • Detroit Tigers CF Hoot Evers (Illinois starter in 1939-40) accumulated three hits and four runs against the Philadelphia Athletics in a 1948 contest.

  • New York Giants 2B Frankie Frisch (Fordham captain) collected five hits and four runs against the Pittsburgh Pirates in the nightcap of a 1923 twinbill.

  • In his initial MLB start, St. Louis Cardinals RHP Bob Gibson (Creighton's leading scorer and rebounder in 1955-56 and 1956-57) posted his first of 251 career victories with #1 of 56 shutouts (1-0 against Cincinnati Reds in 1959).

  • In the midst of a career-high 13-game hitting streak, Oakland Athletics 3B Wayne Gross (led Cal Poly Pomona in assists in 1974-75) whacked two homers in an 11-1 win against the Toronto Blue Jays in 1980.

  • New York Giants OF Monte Irvin (played for Lincoln PA 1 1/2 years in late 1930s) tied a N.L. record by grounding into three double plays against the Milwaukee Braves in a 1953 game.

  • Cleveland Indians DH David Justice (led Thomas More KY in assists in 1984-85) jacked two homers against the Seattle Mariners in a 1998 contest.

  • In 1991, Seattle Mariners LHP Bill Krueger (led WCAC in free-throw percentage as freshman en route to averaging 5.1 ppg for Portland from 1975-76 through 1979-80) collected his eighth triumph in nine decisions over a two-month span.

  • New York Giants RHP Christy Mathewson (played for Bucknell at turn of 20th Century) had his 13-game winning streak snapped by the Pittsburgh Pirates, 3-1, in 1909.

  • Washington Senators RF Sam Mele (NYU's leading scorer in 1943 NCAA playoffs) homered and provided four RBI in both ends of a 1950 doubleheader sweep against the St. Louis Browns.

  • Cleveland Indians RF Ed Morgan (Tulane letterman from 1923-24 through 1925-26) contributed four hits against the Boston Red Sox in a 1929 outing.

  • San Diego Padres 3B Graig Nettles (shot 87.8% from free-throw line for San Diego State in 1963-64) amassed two homers and five RBI against the Cincinnati Reds in a 1986 game.

  • St. Louis Cardinals C Don Padgett (freshman in 1934 with Lenoir-Rhyne NC excelled in multiple sports) provided four hits against the Boston Braves in a 1940 contest.

  • Chicago White Sox LHP Gary Peters (played for Grove City PA in mid-1950s) faced only 29 batters in a 75-pitch, 6-0 shutout of the New York Yankees in 1966. Two years earlier, Peters hurled his third three-hit complete game this month en route to leading the A.L. with 20 victories in 1964.

  • Philadelphia Phillies LF Gary Redus (J.C. player for Athens AL and father of Centenary/South Alabama guard with same name) registered two doubles among his four hits against the St. Louis Cardinals in a 1986 game.

  • Philadelphia Phillies RHP Robin Roberts (Michigan State's second-leading scorer in 1945-46 and 1946-47) spun his third shutout in a row en route to a N.L.-high five whitewashes in 1950.

  • Chicago Cubs SS Roy Smalley Jr. (one of top scorers in 1942-43 and 1943-44 for Drury MO) collected five RBI, including a decisive two-run double in the bottom of the eighth inning, in a 7-6 triumph against the New York Giants in 1951.

  • San Diego Padres CF Will Venable (All-Ivy League first-team selection as junior and second-team choice as senior averaged 9.3 ppg under Princeton coach John Thompson III from 2001-02 through 2004-05) contributed four safeties against the Cincinnati Reds in a 2009 game. Venable belted a homer for the first of three consecutive contests.

  • OF Randy Winn (Santa Clara backcourtmate of eventual two-time NBA Most Valuable Player Steve Nash in 1993-94) traded by the Seattle Mariners to the San Francisco Giants in 2005. Two years earlier, Winn amassed two homers and six RBI against the Detroit Tigers in a 2003 game.

  • Boston Braves LHP Tom Zachary (Guilford NC letterman in 1916) won his fifth game of the month in 1932.

On This Date: Ex-College Hoopsters Make Their Mark on July 29 MLB Games

Extra! Extra! Read all about memorable major league baseball achievements and moments involving former college basketball players! Baseball is portrayed as a thinking man's game but only 4% of active MLB players earned college diplomas. Nonetheless, numerous ex-college hoopsters had front-row seats to many of the most notable games, transactions and dates in MLB history.

Unless you habitually pore over the content at baseballlibrary.com, baseballreference.com and nationalpastime.com, following is a July 29 calendar focusing on such versatile MLB athletes:

JULY 29

  • Philadelphia Athletics RHP Jack Coombs (captain and starting basketball center for Colby ME) posted his 10th victory of the month in 1910.

  • Los Angeles Dodgers RHP Roger Craig (forward with North Carolina State's 1949-50 freshman team) secured his second shutout in a nine-day span in 1959. Three years later with the New York Mets, Craig lost his sixth straight decision during the month in 1962.

  • Chicago White Sox CF Larry Doby (reserve guard for Virginia Union's 1943 CIAA titlist) homered twice in the opener en route to knocking in eight runs in a 1956 doubleheader sweep of the Boston Red Sox.

  • OF Hoot Evers (starter for Illinois in 1939-40) awarded on waivers from the New York Giants to the Detroit Tigers in 1954.

  • Philadelphia Phillies 3B Gene Freese (West Liberty WV captain of 1952 NAIA Tournament team) homered in his third consecutive contest in 1959.

  • Detroit Tigers 1B Hank Greenberg (enrolled at NYU on hoop scholarship in 1929 but attended college only one semester) banged out four hits against the New York Yankees in 1937. the next year, Greenberg blasted two homers for the third time in a four-game span in 1938.

  • San Diego Padres RF Tony Gwynn (All-WAC second-team selection with San Diego State in 1979-80 and 1980-81) stroked three doubles against the New York Mets in a 1998 game.

  • New York Yankees LHP Steve Hamilton (All-OVC selection was Morehead State's leading scorer and rebounder in 1956-57 and 1957-58) notched a hold against the California Angels as he went unscored upon two months in a row covering 12 relief appearances in 1970.

  • Cleveland Indians 1B Mike Hargrove (Northwestern Oklahoma State letterman) homered twice against the Seattle Mariners in a 1980 contest.

  • Brooklyn Robins rookie 1B Buddy Hassett (played for Manhattan team winning school-record 17 consecutive games in 1930 and 1931) collected four runs, two triples and five RBI against the St. Louis Cardinals in the opener of a 1936 doubleheader.

  • Los Angeles Dodgers RF Frank Howard (two-time All-Big Ten Conference first-team selection when leading Ohio State in scoring and rebounding in 1956-57 and 1957-58) homered in all five games of series against the San Francisco Giants closing out the month in 1962.

  • Detroit Tigers SS Harvey Kuenn (played briefly for Wisconsin in 1951-52 after competing on JV squad previous season) contributed four hits against the Philadelphia Athletics in the nightcap of a 1954 twinbill.

  • Chicago Cubs 3B Vance Law (averaged 6.8 ppg for Brigham Young from 1974-75 through 1976-77) smacked two homers against the Philadelphia Phillies in a 1988 game.

  • Cincinnati Reds RF Danny Litwhiler (member of JV squad with Bloomsburg PA in mid-1930s) went 4-for-4 for the second time in an eight-game span in 1948.

  • Chicago White Sox P Joel Horlen, flirting with a no-hitter entering the ninth inning, wound up losing the game, 2-1, when OF Don Lock (led Wichita State in field-goal percentage in 1956-57 and 1957-58 under coach Ralph Miller) socked a homer for the Washington Senators in 1963. LF Chuck Hinton (played multiple sports for Shaw NC) broke up the no-hit bid with a one-out single in the ninth. The next year, Lock knocked in all of the Senators' runs with two homers in a 4-1 win against the Cleveland Indians.

  • St. Louis Cardinals rookie CF Bake McBride (averaged 12.7 ppg and 8.1 rpg in 21 games with Westminster MO in 1968-69 and 1969-70) posted his third three-hit game in a row in series against the Chicago Cubs in 1974.

  • OF Sam Mele (NYU's leading scorer in 1943 NCAA playoffs) awarded on waivers from the Baltimore Orioles to the Boston Red Sox in 1954.

  • Cleveland Indians 1B Ed Morgan (Tulane letterman from 1923-24 through 1925-26) went 5-for-5 and chipped in with five RBI in a 14-7 win against the Detroit Tigers in 1929.

  • Oakland Athletics CF Billy North (played briefly for Central Washington in 1967-68) collected four RBI in an 11-9 victory against the Chicago White Sox in 1974.

  • RHP Paul Reuschel (Western Illinois' leading rebounder in 1966-67 with 15.2 per game) posted the save when the Cleveland Indians extended their winning streak to seven games with a 9-6 decision over the Chicago White Sox in 1979.

  • In 1963, Minnesota Twins rookie LHP Garry Roggenburk (Dayton's leading scorer three straight seasons from 1959-60 through 1961-62 grabbed school-record 32 rebounds in third varsity game) didn't allow an earned run in his first eight relief appearances of the month until the Red Sox tallied one earned run 4 2/3 innings against him.

  • Philadelphia Phillies SS Roy Smalley Jr. (one of top scorers for Drury MO in 1942-43 and 1943-44) snapped a 2-2 tie in the bottom of the eighth inning with his second of two triples against the Milwaukee Braves in a 1956 game.

  • St. Louis Cardinals RHP Ray Washburn (Whitworth WA leading scorer as All-Evergreen Conference pick in 1958-59 and 1959-60) won his seventh straight decision in 1968 with fifth victory of the month while compiling a 0.90 ERA over those last five starts.

  • Boston Red Sox C Sammy White (All-PCC Northern Division first-five selection for Washington in 1947-48 and 1948-49) went 4-for-4 in a 1959 contest against the Cleveland Indians.

  • Philadelphia Phillies CF Cy Williams (Notre Dame forward in 1909-10) homered twice against the St. Louis Cardinals in a 1923 outing.

  • In 2005, LF Randy Winn (Santa Clara backcourtmate of eventual two-time NBA Most Valuable Player Steve Nash in 1993-94) manufactured four hits in his final game with the Seattle Mariners.

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