Dec. 19, 2013: Cliff Harris

The original version of this story ran at SportingLifeArkansas.com. It has been quite a year for Cliff Harris, especially when you consider that he last played football during the 1979 season. The old Des Arc Eagle, Ouachita Tiger and Dallas Cowboy has been back in the news in a big way, and you can thank […]

Oct. 12, 2013: Rush Harding

Rush Harding is the son of a coach and proud of it. Harding, the chief executive officer of the Little Rock-based investment banking firm Crews & Associates Inc., grew up at Clarendon, a historic east Arkansas city on the banks of the lower White River. Clarendon, which is located near where the Cache River flows […]

Sep. 14, 2013: High School Football

The original version of this story ran in the September issue of Celebrate Arkansas magazine. It is reprinted with the permission of Celebrate Arkansas. In 1968, Wadie Moore Jr. began working as a sportswriter for the Arkansas Gazette. High school football was a much different sport then than it is now. For one thing, segregation […]

August 26, 2013: Arkansas Intercollegiate Conference

Look through the list of inductees into the Arkansas Sports Hall of Fame, and you will find dozens of people who either played or coached at schools that once were members of the Arkansas Intercollegiate Conference. Want to hear some great sports stories? Just attend a Hall of Fame event and get “the old AIC […]

July 31, 2013: Arkansas Travelers

Earlier this summer, Forbes published an article on minor league baseball’s most valuable teams. The article began this way: “On July 9, 2011, the Dayton Dragons drubbed the South Bend Silver Hawks, their Class A Midwest League rivals, by a score of 9-1. Though the game’s attendance number might not seem remarkable – at fewer […]

July 19, 2013: Bill Dickey

The Arkansas Travelers returned home to North Little Rock on Thursday for a short four-game home stand. Once more baseball fans will head to Dickey-Stephens Park to enjoy games in one of the finest facilities in minor league baseball. For those who cut their teeth at Ray Winder Field, it’s hard to believe it has […]

June 25, 2013: Bennie Fuller

Summer has officially arrived, and no group was happier to see the spring of 2013 end than residents of the Oklahoma City area. The region was hit by major tornadoes this spring that took lives and did tens of millions of dollars in damage. Among those who lost homes was a former Arkansan named Bennie […]

May 21, 2013: Oaklawn Park

Oaklawn Park at Hot Springs has had an excellent record in recent years of being a training ground for Triple Crown winners. It happened again Saturday when Oxbow, who had raced at Oaklawn during the winter and early spring, won the Preakness Stakes at Baltimore. Oxbow’s trainer is D. Wayne Lukas, who now spends the […]

May 17, 2013: Brooks Robinson

Brooks Robinson, a 1978 inductee into the Arkansas Sports Hall of Fame, will be in Little Rock in June to help with the revitalization efforts at Lamar Porter Field. Rex Nelson wrote the following article for SportingLifeArkansas.com on the return of one of the Hall of Fame’s most famous inductees. Brooks Robinson is coming home. […]

Pat Summerall, 1930-2013

It’s safe to say that few inductees into the Arkansas Sports Hall of Fame did as much for the organization through the years as Pat Summerall. Summerall, a 1971 inductee, lent his name for 11 years to the Pat Summerall Celebrity Classic golf tournament, which raised money for the Hall of Fame. The iconic broadcast […]

Feb. 22, 2013: Sonja Tate

This is the eighth in a series of articles on the 2013 inductees into the Arkansas Sports Hall of Fame. Raised in rural Crittenden County near the community of Edmondson, Sonja Tate learned to compete athletically at an early age. “I had eight brothers and two sisters,” she says. “Everyone was very active. I played […]

Feb. 20, 2013: Marcus Brown

This is the seventh in a series of articles on the 2013 inductees into the Arkansas Sports Hall of Fame. West Memphis has been a hotbed for basketball in Arkansas for many years. Consider that: The West Memphis High School boys’ basketball teams have won six state championships – 1980, 1981, 1991, 1997, 2004 and […]

Feb. 13, 2013: Wyn Norwood

This is the sixth in a series of articles on the 2013 inductees into the Arkansas Sports Hall of Fame. It wasn’t Wyn Norwood’s goal to be a great golfer. He just couldn’t say “no” to his friends at Russellville High School. “I had first played golf with an uncle in Marianna who tried to […]

Feb. 10, 2013: Don Nixon

This is the fifth in a series of articles on the 2013 inductees into the Arkansas Sports Hall of Fame. Don Nixon didn’t set out to be one of the state’s best basketball coaches. In fact, he didn’t plan to be a coach at all. “I was an accidental coach,” Nixon says. “I was teaching […]

Feb. 6, 2013: Frank O’Mara

This is the fourth in a series of articles on the 2013 inductees into the Arkansas Sports Hall of Fame. Growing up in the Irish city of Limerick, Frank O’Mara enjoyed sports. Gaelic football, hurling, cricket, soccer, basketball, golf, tennis and thoroughbred racing all were popular in the city of 57,000 people, which is on […]

Jan. 27, 2013: Jeremy Jacobs

This is the third in a series of articles on the 2013 inductees into the Arkansas Sports Hall of Fame. Southland Park Gaming and Racing, formerly known as Southland Greyhound Park, has been part of the Arkansas sports scene since 1956 when it became Arkansas’ only greyhound racetrack. Originally owned by the Upton family and […]

January 24, 2013: John Outlaw

This is the second in a series of articles on the 2013 inductees into the Arkansas Sports Hall of Fame. John Outlaw became an icon at an early age. He was only 25 years old in the spring of 1979 when the Arkadelphia School Board hired him as the head football coach at Arkadelphia High […]

January 20, 2013: Stacy Lewis

This is the first in a series of articles on the 2013 inductees into the Arkansas Sports Hall of Fame. For those who follow women’s professional golf closely, it wasn’t a surprise in December when former University of Arkansas golfer Stacy Lewis was named the 2012 Player of the Year by the Golf Writers Association […]

January 18, 2013: W.C. “Buddy” Coleman

This article on the late W.C. “Buddy” Coleman Jr. appears in the new issue of Talk Business magazine. Coleman was inducted into the Arkansas Sports Hall of Fame in 1994. He will be inducted posthumously Feb. 15 in to the Arkansas Business Hall of Fame. Charlie Coleman remembers what would happen as a boy whenever […]

Dec. 3, 2012: Buddy and Walt Coleman

Walt Coleman vividly remembers that night at Little Rock’s War Memorial Stadium in 1984. It was Sept. 29 and a 1-0-1 Arkansas team was about to do battle with a 1-1 Navy team. Coleman, who has worked as an official in the National Football League since 1989, had been assigned to call the game with […]

Oct. 5, 2012: John McDonnell

John McDonnell came to this country as an Irish immigrant at age 26 and found a job as a cameraman for WOR-TV in New York. His pay? About $220 a week. He loved to run and had experienced great success as a runner back in Ireland. Though he was older, he was offered a scholarship […]

Aug. 14, 2012: Jerry Jones

It will go down as one of the greatest business investments ever. On Feb. 25, 1989, Arkansas businessman Jerry Jones purchased the Dallas Cowboys of the National Football League from H.R. “Bum” Bright for a reported $140 million. At the time, many sports observers viewed the Cowboys as a once-glorious NFL franchise that was past […]

July 2, 2012: Harold Horton

When Harold Horton announced his plans to retire as the executive director of the Razorback Foundation, praise and good wishes flowed in from across the state. That was no surprise since Horton is one of the best known and most beloved figures in Arkansas sports. Dating back to his playing days at DeWitt High School, […]

June 17, 2012: Mark Martin

When Mark Martin won the pole at Dover International Speedway in Delaware earlier this month, no one seemed surprised even though Martin has reached the ripe old age of 53. “The old man did it again,” proclaimed the official NASCAR website. It was Martin’s third pole of the season, his fifth at Dover and the […]

June 4, 2012: Cal Partee

With a Triple Crown on the line in this year’s Belmont Stakes and interest in racing high, thoughts of Arkansans turn back to one of this state’s great businessmen and thoroughbred owners, W.C. “Cal” Partee Sr. of Magnolia. Partee, who died in November 1999 at age 89, owned 1992 Kentucky Derby winner Lil E. Tee, […]

May 21, 2012: Gus Malzahn

The 14th annual Arkansas Sports Hall of Fame Celebrity Golf Classic will be held Monday, July 30, at Chenal Country Club in Little Rock. This year’s celebrity event will be hosted by new Arkansas State University head football coach Gus Malzahn and members of his coaching staff. Lunch will be served at noon, tee time […]

May 11, 2012: Pat Day

Pat Day hasn’t ridden thoroughbreds for almost seven years now, but his name was mentioned often earlier this month when the Kentucky Derby was run at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky. Day remains a legend in Kentucky, where he rode in the Derby for 21 consecutive years. He also remains a legend in Arkansas, where […]

April 26, 2012: Ralph “Sporty” Carpenter

There may never have been a more quotable college football coach in Arkansas than the late Ralph “Sporty” Carpenter of Henderson State University at Arkadelphia. Carpenter, who was Henderson’s head coach from 1971-89, compiled a 119-76-5 record at the school and was inducted posthumously into the Arkansas Sports Hall of Fame in 2002. Thirteen of […]

March 28, 2012: Norm DeBriyn

University of Arkansas baseball has never been hotter. Large crowds are showing up in Fayetteville for games at Baum Stadium. People across the state are talking about the diamond Hogs. Fans drive in from central Arkansas, east Arkansas and south Arkansas for weekend series. A statewide radio network allows Arkansans in all 75 counties to […]

March 19, 2012: John Ed Anthony

John Ed Anthony, who was inducted into the Arkansas Sports Hall of Fame in 2001 for his contributions to thoroughbred racing, recently was inducted into the Arkansas Business Hall of Fame. The original version of this story ran in Talk Business Quarterly Magazine: John Ed Anthony was destined to work in the timber business. Spending […]

March 2, 2012: Charlie Spoonhour

Charlie Spoonhour, the former college basketball coach who died last month at age 72, was one of the funniest men in the history of the sport. In addition to that, he was an outstanding coach who was loved by his players. His university teams won 373 games. Add in the high school and junior college […]

February 22, 2012: Cortez Kennedy

For the fourth time, Cortez Kennedy was a finalist for induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. He waited in front of a television set at his home in Orlando, Fla., that Saturday. He thought it would be a phone call that delivered the news. But he found out like average fans – by […]

February 14, 2012: Willie Roaf

On the day it was announced that he will be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame, Pine Bluff native Willie Roaf was thinking of his mother. “My dad and I talked about it recently – that she is smiling down from heaven, knowing that I’m being recognized for being one of the best. […]

January 23, 2012: Margaret Downing

Dr. Margaret Downing is a pioneer. She’s not a pioneer in the traditional sense of clearing land and homesteading an area. But she’s certainly a pioneer in the sense of advancing women’s sports in Arkansas. Downing became the head women’s basketball coach at what’s now Southern Arkansas University in Magnolia in the fall of 1965, […]

January 16, 2012: Harry Jones

The opponent for the University of Arkansas Razorbacks at War Memorial Stadium in Little Rock on that first Saturday of October 1965 was TCU. Harry Jones remembers carrying the ball for a good gain. And he remembers what the public address announcer said next: “There goes Light Horse Harry Jones.” “I was told he had […]

January 10, 2012: Lee Mayberry

Lee Mayberry and former University of Arkansas head basketball coach Nolan Richardson go back a ways. Way back, in fact. Mayberry, a Tulsa native, began attending Richardson’s basketball camps at the University of Tulsa when Mayberry was in junior high and Richardson was the Tulsa head coach. Mayberry’s older sister, Kim, was dating Richardson’s son, […]

January 6, 2012: U.S. Reed

It has been more than three decades, but there’s not a week that goes by that someone doesn’t mention The Shot to former University of Arkansas basketball star U.S. Reed. If not The Shot, it’s The Call they remember. It was a four-year college career filled with highlights for the Pine Bluff native, but longtime […]

Dec. 19, 2011: Bob Ford

In the fall of 1950, the Wynne High School Yellowjackets won their first state title in football. A member of that team was William “Bud” Brooks, a 2005 inductee into the Arkansas Sports Hall of Fame who won the Outland Trophy in 1954 as the best lineman in college football. Brooks was a guard and […]

Dec. 15, 2011: Elmer “B” Lindsey

When Frank Broyles became the head football coach at the University of Arkansas following the 1957 season, he was told by influential boosters to do one thing when it came to recruiting – head to Forrest City and sign Elmer “B” Lindsey. “B was the first player I recruited to play football for the Razorbacks […]

Dec. 10, 2011: Bill Keedy

Bill Keedy once dreamed of being a college quarterback. That dream ended, ironically, in the process of living out another dream – playing quarterback in the Arkansas High School All-Star Game. It was August 1963, and the all-star game was a big event on the summer sports calendar in Arkansas in those days. Coaches from […]

Dec. 5, 2011: 1993-94 Arkansas Razorbacks Basketball Team

The evening of Monday, April 4, 1994, remains seared into the memories of longtime University of Arkansas Razorback fans. The national championship in basketball was on the line. With less than a minute remaining in the game, 6-6 Scotty Thurman hit the most famous shot in Razorback basketball history. His three-point basket snapped a 70-70 […]

Nov. 23, 2011: Raymond Bright

Raymond Bright was a success on the football field and the track during his many years as a coach for the Conway School District and for what’s now the University of Central Arkansas. Bright, who died in June 2008, was an even bigger success off the field. He left behind a legion of friends and […]

Nov. 18, 2011: Alonzo “Lonnie” Clayton

Alonzo “Lonnie” Clayton reached sports stardom at an early age. In 1892, at the age of just 15, he became the youngest jockey to win the Kentucky Derby. It’s safe to say, however, that most Arkansans have never heard of Clayton. The Arkansas Sports Hall of Fame will remedy that situation Feb. 3 when Clayton […]

Nov. 4, 2011: Terry Wallace

The most recognizable voice in Arkansas? If you guess Terry Wallace of Oaklawn Park in Hot Springs, you just might have the correct answer. Wallace, who retired from the track announcer’s booth at Oaklawn earlier this spring after 37 seasons of calling races there, set a record for most consecutive races at a single track […]

Oct. 28, 2011: Pat Jones

Pat Jones was obsessed with sports as a boy growing up in Little Rock. His heroes in football were University of Arkansas Razorback stars. When it came to baseball, he would argue with his friends about which one of them would wear Yogi Berra’s and Mickey Mantle’s numbers. His father would take him to watch […]

Oct. 14, 2011: Frank Broyles

Arkansans know him as the former head football coach and athletic director at the University of Arkansas. College football coaches across the country know him as the namesake of the Broyles Award, which is presented annually to the nation’s top college football assistant. Football fans of a certain age might best remember him as the […]

Aug. 12, 2011: Barry Switzer

It’s almost football season, which means that sportswriters and broadcasters again will be seeking out Barry Switzer for his pithy quotes on college and pro football. There are few observers more colorful. And there were few coaches more successful than Switzer, a 1980 inductee into the Arkansas Sports Hall of Fame. That’s not to mention […]

July 14, 2011: Steve Cox

Steve Cox was only 8 years old at the time, but he remembers his father’s advice well. “He said to me: ‘You know, I think kickers are going to become more and more important in football,’’’ Cox says. “He said that maybe it was time for us to start going outside so he could teach […]

June 1, 2011: Pat Summerall

It’s safe to say that few inductees into the Arkansas Sports Hall of Fame have done as much for the organization through the years as Pat Summerall. Summerall, a 1971 inductee, lent his name for 11 years to the Pat Summerall Celebrity Classic golf tournament, which raised money for the Hall of Fame. Pat Summerall, […]

May 19, 2011: Jack Stephens

It’s likely that Jack Stephens never thought about golf while growing up in Prattsville during the Great Depression. As people tried to scratch out a living from that red clay soil in the pine woods of Grant County, there wasn’t much time for such pursuits. Jack Stephens, Class of 2000 Stephens, of course, would go […]

May 13, 2011: John Ed Anthony

Hopes were high for Bob Yagos and his wife, Val, of Jacksonville going into this year’s Kentucky Derby. Archarcharch, winner of 2011 Arkansas Derby Their 3-year-old thoroughbred, Archarcharch, had won the Arkansas Derby just three weeks earlier and now was being touted by many racing analysts as a longshot to keep an eye on in […]

April 23, 2011: Buddy Benson

His players often referred to him simply as The Man. Buddy Benson, 77, of Arkadelphia died Friday at Baptist Health Medical Center in Little Rock. Benson was an Arkansas sports legend – a 1993 inductee into the Arkansas Sports Hall of Fame, an inductee into the NAIA Hall of Fame, the head football coach at […]

April 1, 2011: Charles Cella

Oaklawn Park at Hot Springs enters the final weeks of its 2011 meeting with patriarch Charles J. Cella still watching over the family-owned track. Though Cella is a traditionalist at heart, he’s also an innovator, having established Oaklawn as a shining beacon in an industry that otherwise is struggling. Charles Cella, Class of 2008 Because […]

Feb. 8, 2011: Carolyn Moffatt

Below is another in a series of stories on the 2011 inductees into the Arkansas Sports Hall of Fame. The organization’s annual induction banquet will be held Friday evening, Feb. 11, at Verizon Arena in North Little Rock. Almost 1,000 people are expected to attend the banquet. Tickets for the banquet, which will begin at […]

Feb. 7, 2011: Bill Curtis

Below is another in a series of stories on the 2011 inductees into the Arkansas Sports Hall of Fame. The organization’s annual induction banquet will be held Friday evening, Feb. 11, at Verizon Arena in North Little Rock. Almost 1,000 people are expected to attend the banquet. Tickets for the banquet, which will begin at […]

Feb. 6, 2011: Ben Cowins

Below is another in a series of stories on the 2011 inductees into the Arkansas Sports Hall of Fame. The organization’s annual induction banquet will be held Friday evening, Feb. 11, at Verizon Arena in North Little Rock. Almost 1,000 people are expected to attend the banquet. Tickets for the banquet, which will begin at […]

Feb. 5, 2011: Cliff Horton

Below is another in a series of stories on the 2011 inductees into the Arkansas Sports Hall of Fame. The organization’s annual induction banquet will be held Friday evening, Feb. 11, at Verizon Arena in North Little Rock. Almost 1,000 people are expected to attend the banquet. Tickets for the banquet, which will begin at […]

Feb. 4, 2011: Jerry Carlton

Below is another in a series of stories on the 2011 inductees into the Arkansas Sports Hall of Fame. The organization’s annual induction banquet will be held Friday evening, Feb. 11, at Verizon Arena in North Little Rock. Almost 1,000 people are expected to attend the banquet. Tickets for the banquet, which will begin at […]

Feb. 3, 2011: Grand Master Lee

Below is another in a series of stories on the 2011 inductees into the Arkansas Sports Hall of Fame. The organization’s annual induction banquet will be held Friday evening, Feb. 11, at Verizon Arena in North Little Rock. Almost 1,000 people are expected to attend the banquet. Tickets for the banquet, which will begin at […]

Jan. 27, 2011: Forrest Wood

The word “legend” is tossed around a bit too freely these days. But when it comes to the sport of bass fishing, Forrest L. Wood is just that – a living legend. Born at Flippin in June 1932 during the depths of the Great Depression, Woods grew up raising cattle and doing other farm chores […]

Jan. 20, 2011: Quinn Grovey

Younger fans of the University of Arkansas football team might know Quinn Grovey only as the sideline announcer for radio broadcasts of Razorback games. “Let’s go down to Quinn,” is among play-by-play man Chuck Barrett’s familiar refrains. But for those who have been watching Razorback football a bit longer, Grovey is best known as one […]

Dec. 29, 2010: Dick Bumpas

When Texas Christian University takes on Wisconsin in Saturday’s Rose Bowl, those watching on television across the country likely will hear plenty about TCU’s defensive coordinator, Dick Bumpas. Since joining the TCU staff in February 2004 as the defensive coordinator and defensive line coach, the Fort Smith native has earned a reputation as one of […]

Dec. 23, 2010: Cliff Lee

The World Series ended weeks ago, but Benton native Cliff Lee’s name was still on the front pages of newspaper sports sections nationwide as Christmas approached. In a mid-December announcement that surprised baseball fans, it was revealed that Lee would return to the Philadelphia Phillies, turning down an extra $50 million from the New York […]

Dec. 16, 2010: Calvin Borel

When jockey Calvin Borel steered Street Sense to a thrilling come-from-behind win in the Kentucky Derby in May 2007, Pat Forde wrote this for ESPN.com: “Calvin Borel is famous for hugging the rail, getting the race horses he rides all the way to the inside and almost skimming the paint as he goes. ‘It’s the […]

Oct. 29, 2010: Scott Hastings

Basketball fans across Arkansas remember Scott Hastings as the only Razorback to lead the team in both scoring and rebounding for three consecutive seasons. Hastings, who earned four letters at the University of Arkansas, was an All-Southwest Conference selection in 1980, ’81 and ’82. When he graduated, he was the school’s second all-time leading scorer […]

Oct. 22, 2010: Pat Foster

One of the keys to Eddie Sutton’s success as the head basketball coach at the University of Arkansas was hiring quality assistants – Pat Foster and Gene Keady to be exact. Foster and Keady played important roles in turning around the Razorback program before moving on to successful head coaching careers. “When we got to […]

Oct. 7, 2010: Eddie Sutton

When Eddie Sutton took his University of Arkansas Razorbacks to the Final Four at St. Louis in 1978, he was only 42. He had no idea at the time how hard it would be to get back. “When I went there in ’78, I thought, ‘Well, this isn’t that hard,’” Sutton once told the Los […]

Sept. 23, 2010: Joe Kleine

Coaching college basketball players has made Joe Kleine more humble. “When I was doing the radio for the Razorbacks, I was a genius,” Kleine told the Downtown Tip-Off Club in North Little Rock in 2008. “It’s a lot easier to see what the problem is and tell somebody what they need to do when you […]

Sept. 3, 2010: Scottie Pippen

When Hamburg native Scottie Pippen was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in early August, he opened his acceptance speech by praising Michael Jordan, who had joined him in helping win six NBA championships for the Chicago Bulls. “MJ, you have touched so many people’s lives, but none quite like mine,” Pippen […]

August 6, 2010: Paul “Bear” Bryant

There’s exciting news in Fordyce. The Dallas County Museum recently received a grant to begin restoration of a building that was constructed in 1884. That building eventually will become the home of the Paul “Bear” Bryant Museum. The facility will be directly across Main Street from the site of the Lyric Theater, where Bryant had […]

July 30, 2010: Torii Hunter

When the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim hosted baseball’s All-Star Game earlier this month, Pine Bluff native Torii Hunter was front and center. Hunter, a 2008 inductee into the Arkansas Sports Hall of Fame, was the only Angel on the field as Anaheim played host to the 81st annual All-Star game. In essence, he was […]

July 19, 2010: Derek Fisher

Basketball season is over, but Arkansan Derek Fisher remained in the news this month as he decided what road to take as an NBA free agent. On June 8, during Game 3 of the NBA Finals against the Boston Celtics, the Los Angeles Lakers star from Little Rock scored 11 of his 16 points in […]

July 9, 2010: Travis Jackson

He was born in Waldo and died in Waldo. Travis Jackson, a member of the Baseball Hall of Fame and the Arkansas Sports Hall of Fame, was an Arkansan through and through even though he made his name in New York. Jackson was widely considered the best shortstop in the National League during the Roaring […]

July 1, 2010: Arky Vaughan

When baseball statistical wizard Bill James finished rating major league players at all positions, he wound up with Joseph Floyd “Arky” Vaughan as the second-best shortstop in the history of the game. “The selection of Vaughan as the No. 2 shortstop in baseball history was as much a surprise to me as it is to […]

June 21, 2010: George Kell

When broadcasting legend Ernie Harwell, who called Detroit Tigers games for 42 seasons on the radio, died last month, there was media coverage across the country. What those stories didn’t mention, though, was that Arkansas Sports Hall of Fame inductee George Kell was instrumental in bringing Harwell to Detroit. In 1948, Harwell became the only […]

June 11, 2010: Lou Brock

Arkansas has always been St. Louis Cardinals territory, and few Cardinals were more popular with fans in this state than native Arkansan Lou Brock. Brock, who will turn 71 later this month, was born in El Dorado as the seventh of nine children. His father left the family when Brock was just 2. After the […]

June 4, 2010: Ronnie Caveness

The delivery truck pulled up to the Little Rock home of 67-year-old Ronnie Caveness on May 26 to drop off a package. There had been no phone call in advance of the delivery. There had been no e-mail. There had been no registered mail. Caveness opened the package. Inside was a football. It was inscribed […]

May 26, 2010: Dean Brothers, Part Two

It was Sept. 21, 1934. A day earlier, native Arkansan Jay Hanna “Dizzy” Dean had delivered a gutsy prediction to a St. Louis writer. Dizzy predicted the Brooklyn Dodgers “will be pitching against one-hit Dean and no-hit Dean” in a doubleheader at Ebbets Field. Dizzy, pitching for the Cardinals, allowed just three hits in the […]

May 19, 2010: Dean Brothers, Part One

“The dumber a pitcher is, the better,” Jay Hanna “Dizzy” Dean once said. “When he gets smart and begins to experiment with a lot of different pitches, he’s in trouble. All I ever had was a fastball, a curve and a changeup, and I did pretty good.” Pretty good indeed. All this 1983 inductee into […]

May 12, 2010: Brooks Robinson

Little Rock native Brooks Robinson, one of the finest baseball players to come from Arkansas, turns 73 on May 18. Inducted into the Arkansas Sports Hall of Fame in 1978, Robinson remains a legendary figure in Baltimore, where he spent his major league career. Following his retirement at the end of the 1977 season, Robinson […]

May 5, 2010: Bill Dickey

Spring has arrived, and the nights are getting warmer. That means people are flocking to Dickey-Stephens Park in North Little Rock to watch Texas League baseball games. The ballpark, which hosted its first game on April 12, 2007, is in its fourth season. It’s widely recognized as one of the best minor league facilities in […]

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